Custom Live CD

Mark Widdicombe mwiddicombe at
Fri Jul 9 14:13:20 UTC 2010

> -----Original Message-----
> From: ubuntu-users-bounces at [mailto:ubuntu-users-
> bounces at] On Behalf Of Liam Proven
> Sent: Fri 09 July 2010 16:04
> To: Ubuntu user technical support, not for general discussions
> Subject: Re: Custom Live CD
>> You could well be risking dismissal by this. You could try arguing
> >> sophistry - "I wasn't installing anything, I just rebooted" - but
> >> without the b*llsh*t, you are talking about replacing the company's
> >> mandated software with a new, completely different stack. This is
> >> blatantly taking the mickey and many companies would fire you for
> >> this, and frankly, even if I didn't agree with their policies, I
> would
> >> not blame them for enforcing them.
> >
> > I would normally agree with you, but their opposition is not on the
> > grounds of using non-mandated software, it is about their hardware.
> Hmmm. OK. Surely this counts as using their hardware, though?

Well, no, because remove the CD and the hardware and its associated
software is unchanged.
> > No, as I pointed out the design of Windows leaves a lot to be desired
> and
> > I can be a lot more productive with multiple desktops, decent
> terminals
> > with vi so I can continue to edit files locally even if I'm not
> connected to
> > the server and the standard UNIX tools like diff.
> Microsoft do a free virtual-desktops tool for XP.

Can't install it.
> You can run a lot of what are now called "Portable apps" direct from
> USB key, without installation - e.g. Firefox, Thunderbird, OpenOffice,
> VLC and many more. I would not be too surprised if you could find or
> create portable versions of things like VIM.
> e.g.

Isn't this exactly what you were complaining about?  How is using
portable apps different from using a portable OS?


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