LiveCD qemu autoplay?

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Thu Feb 9 22:51:33 GMT 2006

On Thu, Feb 09, 2006 at 02:22:53PM -0700, Andrew Jorgensen wrote:
> What would it take to launch the LiveCD in qemu on Windows?
> In linux you could just point qemu at the cdrom device with "qemu
> -cdrom /dev/cdrom" but that's not possible in Windows (yet?).  It
> seems, though, that it should be possible to boot up the casper image
> using qemu and run it that way.  Has anyone tried this?  Should it be
> possible?  Perhaps if an extra bootstrap image were also provided on
> the CD?
> It seems to me this could really make the LiveCD easier to try,
> particularly if the user feels unwilling to trust his machine to the
> CD at first.  Or if he simply hates rebooting, like I do.

I like this idea.  We could include a Windows qemu executable on the live CD
and allow it to be easily launched.  However, if qemu doesn't yet provide a
way to access data on the host CD-ROM drive, I don't see how we can make it

 - mdz

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