LiveCDs, take 2

Casey Bredeson cbredeson at
Wed Nov 10 21:45:43 UTC 2004

On Wed, 2004-11-10 at 11:19 -0500, Travis Newman wrote:
> OK there's obviously the Ubuntu live cd, then theres Knoppix, Gnoppix, 
> Mepis, many others that I haven't looked at yet, but it seems that most 
> are based on Debian. I have a couple questions.
> 1) I'm not using a live CD as a standard distribution. I don't really 
> care about the web browsers, email clients, office apps, or anything. I 
> just want a live CD for fixing things. Which one of these would you suggest?
> Preferably one with qtparted for partitioning, but that's not necessary.
I use the System Rescue CD found at  It
contains qtparted, memtest+, clamav, and a great deal of the standard
filesystem tools (xfsprogs, e2fsprogs, reiserfsprogs, etc. . .).  I
regularly use it to backup the data from broken Windows machines and
then re-image them with partimage.

> 2) What exactly is the relationship between Gnoppix and Ubuntu? It says 
> on their website that they have a joint effort going on now, and that 
> the newest version is codenamed Warty and based on Ubuntu instead of 
> Debian. But the contact information is Canonical. Are the Gnoppix and 
> Ubuntu live cds essentially the same at this point?
> Thanks!
> Travis Newman
Casey Bredeson <cbredeson at>

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