Linux live distros

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Published on Monday, 11 May 2015 22:38
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Linux Distributions/Live CDs

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Ok, you've downloaded a Linux distro image (.iso). Now what do you do?
Your next step would be to create live boot media:
1) Create a live CD/DVD
2) Create a live USB boot drive Wait! You're not done yet. You still have to configure your computer to boot the media by:
a) Edit/change boot device order in BIOS during bootup
b) Select storage device from boot menu during bootup if your computer offers this option


Note1: if you're already using Linux, search your software manager or package manager for
availability of any of the utilities mentioned below.

Create a live CD/DVD

Using Brasero for data backup and ISO burning |
Hobo-Geek: How to create Linux live CDs and USBs [a handful of options]
Burning ISO images to disc
Help for Windows users: How to create a Linux LiveCD, LiveDVD or LivePenDrive from an ISO file | Fitzcarraldo's Blog
BurningIsoHowto - Community Ubuntu Documentation
Burn an ISO File - Manjaro Linux


Create a live USB boot drive

Note2: if using UNetbootin, the utility (from my experience) prefers a mount point in /tmp
for the USB drive (already mounted).
Open your terminal and type in the commands below before executing UNetbootin:
sudo umount /dev/sdxy
sudo mkdir /tmp/dirname
sudo mount /dev/sdxy /tmp/dirname
/dev/sdxy=USB drive device
dirname=name of mountpoint

From Linux
4 Ways to Create Bootable Live USB Drives (For Windows, Linux and Mac OS X) ~ Web Upd8: Ubuntu / Linux blog How to explore Linux with a flash drive |
UNetbootin - Homepage and Downloads Linux Live USB Creator - User's Guide
 Live USB Install Puts Linux On Your Thumb Drive With Ease  How to create and use Live USB - FedoraProject
 Linux Mint 12 Bootable USB Drive: How To Create it in 12 Steps | Accella Website  Weekend Project: Create a Live USB Key Linux Distribution |
 How to create a Linux Live USB | Ollie Reardon  LiveUSB Install: Create Live Linux USB, CD/DVD And Download ISO Images
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From Windows
Using UNetbootin to create a Live Linux USB (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux How to create a bootable USB stick on Windows | Ubuntu
How to make your own "Ubuntu LiveUSB" How to create a Linux Live USB | Ollie Reardon
How to create a Linux Live USB (Windows) 4 Ways to Create Bootable Live USB Drives (For Windows, Linux and Mac OS X) ~ Web Upd8: Ubuntu / Linux blog
How To Create A Linux Mint USB Drive Using Windows 10 « Everyday Linux User 4 gui applications for installing Linux from USB key 
How to Install Multiple Linux Distributions on One USB Create Bootable USB Drives From Windows With Rufus (Version 3.0 Released)


Edit/change boot device order in BIOS


Change/edit boot device order
How To Change the Boot Order (Boot Sequence) in BIOS How to Change the Boot Sequence in the BIOS - Help Desk Geek
How to change boot order | WhiteCanyon Software How to Set BIOS to Boot from CDROM »
Change the Boot Order in BIOS | HBCD Fan & Discussion Platform Beginner Geek: How To Change the Boot Order in Your Computer’s BIOS
How to Access PC's BIOS Setup and then Set BIOS Boot from CD/DVD or USB? How To Access the BIOS Setup Utility (How To Enter BIOS)
BIOS Access Keys for Computer Systems (Lenovo, Sony, HP, Dell, etc.) BIOS Access Keys for Popular Motherboards (ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE, Etc.)
BIOS Access Keys for Major BIOS Manufacturers (Phoenix, Award, AMI, etc.)  


Select boot device menu
Booting from a CD - ITS Help Desk - Information Technology Services at The University of Iowa Boot device menu? - ZOTAC Z-SPOT - It's Time to Play!
How To Boot From a USB Device (Flash Drive or External Hard Drive) Keys to Enter BIOS and Select Boot Menu
How to Boot Your Computer from a USB Flash Drive, aka USB Boot Guide | CraftedFlash