Appendix A. Media


  • Understand how to use the book's DVD

  • Learn which Linux distributions are installed on the DVD

The DVD that accompanies Linux Bible 2011 Edition contains a variety of Linux systems that you can use. You can boot and run some of these Linux systems live, whereas you can use others to install a Linux system permanently to hard disk. Some can do both.

Most of the Linux systems included here are slightly remastered versions of official live and installation CDs that come from different Linux projects. Changes made to those CDs were made exclusively to allow each to be booted from a single boot screen on the DVD. After you have selected a Linux to start up, however, it should behave exactly as the original CD from the selected Linux project.

General information on running live or installing the various Linux distributions on the DVD is in Chapter 7. You can find specific instructions for using and installing some of the Linux distributions in Chapters 19 through 24.


The software contained on the DVD is covered under the GNU Public License (GPL) or other licenses included on the medium for each software distribution. Use the software on the DVD (as you would any GPL software) at your own risk. Refer to README, RELEASE-NOTES, and any licensing files delivered with each distribution, and be sure that you agree with the terms they spell out before using the software.

Finding Linux Distributions on the DVD

The following sections describe the Linux distributions ...

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