After lots of feedback, bug fixing and testing of the beta live CD announced 3 weeks ago, The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the first official Fedora live CD. This live CD is based on packages from the Fedora Core 6 and Fedora Extras package collections and is such 100% free software.
Fedora 6 Zod Live CD Released
Submitted by anonymous 2006-12-23 Fedora Core 8 Comments
That made me download it.
Another great thing is, many fonts, and SCIM! Finally, someone realised that anybody must be able to type any characters, as one and the same user, so locale independent, in any field. This is what SCIM is perfect for (see scim-im.org).
Fedora and, even more so, Suse have been ahead of many other distros when it comes to “i18n”, at least from the input side of things. Should become as basic to any distro as a text editor.
The idea of an “R/W file system so you can install software on the running live CD” sounds very good too, after all, a live CD is a rather limited thing in general.
I hope it actually works.
So, did they leave OpenOffice out of the live CD? Clever. Too big a fish to fry “live” anyway.
This is great – the first version of Fedora I appreciate, most notably for its small size (only a CD’s worth!) and LOADS of features. The feature list itself is a good match to what the Ubuntu folk want in their next version, so this is a good prequel to that. I think Live CDs like this are also a great way to get die hard users of other distributions to give something new a shot. While I like my Edgy install, I was very impressed by the latest and greatest from Fedora. Kudos to all involved, I’ll be watching Fedora a little more closely now
I’ve started torrenting the live CD down, but the description linked to in the article doesn’t mention anything about an option to install to hard disk. To me, this is the way all Linux distros should go – boot into a live CD or DVD, tinker around to make sure that all the software and hardware works and then run a graphical installer to install it on the hard disk. It’s one of the main reasons why Ubuntu has gained so much ground, IMHO.
Eventually, I hope we get a live DVD version with all the FC goodies on it and the ability to install to hard disk – ultimately replacing the current FC installation method.