lunes, 12 de julio de 2010
Live CDs and DVDs are a very convenient Linux format that, unfortunately, is still ignored by many individuals outside the Linux community.
This format is not only convenient, but also safe...especially if we need to carry out important activities, like doing an emergency bank transaction on computers we don't really trust. Say, a public computer, for instance.
Live CDs boot, load a complete operating system with its applications, and work perfectly without touching the computer's hard drive in most of the cases, although sometimes they can save on the hard drive if you choose to do so. What's more convenient than that?
Of course, some people tried to copy the same on behalf of Windows XP, Vista, and Seven. If you are wondering, Windows Live-CD attempts are not for free and getting them freely means copyright infringement. Those systems are also crippled and good only as rescue CDs: they include no real office applications...just Wordpad, MS-paint and an antivirus (no surprise!)
So, Linux Live CDs/DVDs had a clear advantage. But Alas, netbooks came into scene! These tiny computers cannot use Live CDs because they don't have a CD/DVD-ROM drive...
Luckily, Linux can adapt to the technological changes of our era: Live CDs can be burned into Live USB pendrives and even SD cards. I have tested that myself with MEPIS and it DOES work! I can boot my system from a CD, DVD, USB pendrive, and even from an SD card...I have to try booting from an MP4 player, though.
Remember: On Linux, these little fellows provide the whole OS with all its applications...It is like carrying anywhere with you the very spirit of your computer. Besides, on Mepis, you can use the rest of the pendrive or card to store information.
Whenever I need it, I can run Mepis on any computer without worrying about causing system crashes, missing my applications or, more important, becoming a victim of a virus or leaving important information in the host computer.
Unlike Win7 bootable USB tools, I don't have to install anything on the host computer to run MEPIS. Windows 7 bootable does not do that, nor Windows 8 will, for sure. Perhaps Windows 9 or 10 will?
If you are interested, feel free to visit the Mepis community. You can also download Mepis here