LiveCD Lockdown: Five of our Favorite, Installation-free Collections!

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dizzy1

an easier way to install these if you have the iso file is through unetbootin.

http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

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mojosico

well after rereading this story again i guess i did not read everything right the first time . i can see using some of these progs if you wiped your drive and are looking to make sure everything is kosher , but other progs listed look like the murph might be doing some hacking and other mischevious things .  LOL just kidding murph. i thought the murph had quit max pc ? although we keep seeing new stuff from him ? WTF??? if the murph is not back then why do we continue to see posts from him ?? is the murph freelanceing now ? or is he just not ready to move on yet? HEY!!! MR. dave murphy if your still around make some visit's to the pod cast . we miss you man . the show has been very P.C (politicaly correct) since you left , and gordons rant dont seem to have the real rage that they used to i've said it in different posts you guys even played me saying that in one of the podcast . dave was the cog that kept the podcast togeather and going . come back to the podcast soon!!!! OH OH OH and bring pie and churros . 

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TheMurph

*tips his hat*

Live CDs are useful, as they allow you to perform a number of actions that would otherwise require access to your operating system (or for the Linux-based apps, uh, a new Linux installation).  Not to mention that some of the partitioning functions simply cannot be performed while in a Windows environment.  So yes, Live CDs are more than just programs you turn to if you've wiped your drive.  They're awesome, self-contained environments that offer a lot more than what you'd expect from just a simple little bootable CD.

As for the podcast, heh.  Thanks.  I always thought  that I mumbled a lot on the podcasts, but, well, I suppose it's just one of the burdens I'll have to bear for having such a sultry, low voice.

I'm told there's a 100th podcast coming up, but alas, the invites for a big MPC audio reunion haven't exactly been pouring into the ol' inbox.  As for your questions, I don't work as an editor at Maximum PC anymore.  However, I write weekly articles about freeware and open-source, as that's a big area of coverage that MPC hasn't always had the time to cover much (and since I used to make all of the CDs, it's nice to get more life out of all the resources I collected to do so).  :D

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grayscare0

Backtrack and linux-gamers are both great.  If you like the latter, I would recommend you check out the two listed user provided packages for Enemy Territory and Urban Terror.  They're by far the best free games Linux has to offer.

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kc7wbq

Got an old computer just sitting around? Go to this page:
http://reilly.homeip.net/folding/cd.html

 Answer the questions (defaults are ok if you don't know the answer), then hit "Download ISO". The page builds you a "custom" ISO with the Stanford Folding program. Remember team 11108 FTW!

Burn the ISO to a CD, throw it in and you're helping to cure cancer. 

The program even has a small web server so you can check from a computer on the same network to make sure the system is up and running.  I've got it running on an old Dell sitting under my desk at work, no keyboard or monitor attached.

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The Canadian

The following is a comment that was posted after I posted a copy of the story to another site I am on:

 

'Hmmm, this is actually a terrible article, if it is meant as an introduction to what LiveCDs can do for you. It seems very much to treat them like "novelties" or "wooo geek toys".
Rather read something a bit more in-dept about how they can aid in disk management, malware removal, computer restoring, etc.
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Any comments on the aforementioned comment?

 

 

The Canadian

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TheMurph

Sure, I'll bite.  This article is an introduction to some of the better Live CDs out there.  It's not a comprehensive guide, a definitive list of the five greatest Live CDs ever created, nor a how-to article as to how you might go about using a Live CD to fix or adjust parts of your PC.  My focus is on highlighting software that I think you'll find interested.

To answer another question, a caveat is that I try to cover applications in these roundups that we haven't already looked at in great detail.  Hence why Ultimate Boot CD isn't on the list...  I don't just like these weekly freeware roundups to be regurgitations of the exact same apps that everyone already knows about.

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Raggart

I cannot believe you did not mention UBCD! You usually do in the pages of your magazine so I am surprised it did not come up in this article. Ultimate Boot CD (UBCD for short) contains all sort of useful tools, including Memtest86, that can be used to diagnose a PC. You can download it here.

I would also include Clonezilla, which allows the user to clone (e.g. copy bit-for-bit) all types of partitions, including NTFS (Windows) and HFS+ (MacOS) partitions. I use it to backup computers with various OSes or after a clean installation. It even includes gzip or bzip compression.

Oh, and mojosico, not to rant but the article is about installation-free sotftware. The software titles you mention are great (I use most of it frequently) but they all require installation...

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mojosico

must have???    only when i have problems . how about a list of must haves for everyday use . i recently discovered the defraging goodness of jk defrag great little program really speeds up my system . ccleaner a must for daily use . a-squared free save my butt on several occasions . 7-zip great program saves having to have win-zip , winrar , and win-ace taking up space on my pc . opera , cause it has all the features that take 4 hours to find with firefox and it dosent crash like firefox either . well i guess mojo will step down off the soapbox .

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grayscare0

Did you even read the title, nevermind the article?  o.O

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