Thursday, 17 June, 2004
SuSE Linux 9.1 Live-Eval
SuSE recently made their SuSE Linux 9.1 Live-Eval version available for download. You simply download the ISO image (about 675 megabytes), burn the image to a CD, and then boot a computer from that CD. SuSE Linux 9.1 comes up, letting you give Linux a try without having to install anything to your hard drive.
I downloaded the Live CD image to my SuSE 9.1 Professional system last night, and this evening K3b, the CD Kreator, made quick work of burning the image to a CD. I put the CD in my Dell Latitude laptop and rebooted. I didn't have to answer a single prompt during the boot process, and in about the same time it takes to boot a Windows install CD, I had a working Linux system running. Everything's done on the CD or in a RAM drive. It's stunning. Just beautiful. I can browse the Web, work with OpenOffice applications, check email, play games, and even mount my Windows shares so that I could store files over there. I should be able to mount the laptop's hard drive, but I haven't figured out how to do that yet. I also need to see if I can mount my 256 MB Memorex USB thumb drive. With the SuSE Live CD and a workable thumb drive, I could work on just about any modern system.