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Linux Distribution: CDlinux
Url: http://cdlinux.berlios.de/

 
CDlinux is a CD based mini Linux distribution, which runs from a CDROM. It aims to be a handy administration/rescue tool for system administrators as well as general users.

About CDlinux
It's highly user configurable, supports a wide range of hardware (PCMCIA, SCSI, USB, etc.) and many networking protocols (FTP, SSH, NFS, SMB, DHCP, etc.).

These are some useful gadgets from CDlinux. Note, you do not need to download them, if you have downloaded CDlinux. They are already included. They are listed here just in case you may want to use them in a normal Linux installation, and don't want to download the whole CDlinux bundle. And they are also as examples on how works are done under Linux, in a better and more decent way comparing with other platforms.


file-opt (~1k) This shell script finds identical files in the CURRENT directory, and hard link them to save space. It's useful when building so called "N in 1" CD images like "Win2k 3in1" in Linux .

mkisofs-CJK (~380k) This is a patched version of mkisofs-2.0.3, it supports CJK joliet filenames. The original GB (Simplified Chinese) Code Page was derived from the official Linux kernel, and has some errors. I fixed this bug according to the correct cp936 file (~160k). This version can handle GB joliet filenames correctly now.
It also supports the new "joliet-long" parameter, and supports joliet filenames as long as 103 unicode characters (207 bytes). So you can even use it to build "WinPE" CD images in Linux.
The source of the CJK patch is available here (~390k). Note that, this patch is only a quick and dirty hack, I only tested it in Slackware-8.1.

ren2upper (~2k) When being invoked as "ren2upper", this script will change file/folder names in the CURRENT directory to upper case. And, if being invoked as "ren2lower", it will change them to lower case. It's useful when exchanging data between Unix and Windows hosts.


These gadgets are either shell scripts or compiled with gcc-2.95.3 and linked against glibc-2.2.5, so they should run happily on most recent Linux distributions.

Releases:
2008-12-22 00:00:00.0 CDlinux 0.9.0 has been released    View
CDlinux 0.9.0 has been released. This is a development release, considered a major step towards CDlinux 1.0. There are many changes and enhancements over the last release, including: support for 'persistent mode', auto save and restore user changes; support for printing; support for booting directly from ISO image; Samba client and printing support; support for Java; a new boot splash; a revised and more efficient package management system. And many package upgrades including: Linux kernel 2.6.27.10, glibc 2.8, X.Org 7.4 (xorg-server 1.5.3), Xfce 4.4.3, Firefox 3.0.5.
2008-10-11 00:00:00.0 CDlinux 0.6.2 has been released    View
We are pleased to announce the release of CDlinux-0.6.2. This release features great enhancements over version 0.6.1: smart handling codepage (FAT/NTFS) of hotplug-able media; power management support (acpi/cpufreq); auto guessing current timezone; multimedia keyboard support; booting from linux-raid and ata-raid; improved support for many newer hardware (video/wlan/linux uvc), and several new GUI configure tools. This release ships with linux-2.6.26.6, xorg-7.3, xfce-4.4.2, and a bundle of carefully selected popular applications.
2008-04-29 00:00:00.0 CDlinux 0.6.1 has been released    View
The CDlinux team is proud to announce the release of CDlinux 0.6.1. This release is a minor bug fix and has some major feature enhancement. It ships with Linux kernel 2.6.24.5, X.Org 7.3, Xfce 4.4.2, Firefox 2.0.0.14, Pidgin 2.4.1, xine 1.1.12, and many other up-to-date popular applications. All these are packed in a 57 MB ISO image. This release fixes a quote bug in rc.modules. It has newly added support for touchpads, LZMA compression, PDF file, and improved support for desktop icons. It also features greatly improved font support for various languages and locales.
 
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