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Re: Making a localized, educational live-usb version of Netbsd? Possible, and is worth it?

Eric Haszlakiewicz <> writes:

> On April 6, 2014 7:33:34 AM EDT, Aleksej Saushev <> 
> wrote:
>>Ottavio Caruso <> writes:
>>> On 5 April 2014 16:56, Aleksej Saushev <> wrote:
>>>> LiveCD is of no use to people who have no functional CD drive
>>>> or no CD drive at all. This is why it is the wrong approach.
>>> By livecd I meant any system which is not installed to local hard
>>> and resets itself after reboot. It doesn't have to boot from a CD, it
>>> can boot from any removable media, the principle is the same.
>>Live CD is significantly different from live USB pen drive and SD card,
>>it has to be in a separate category because building it is based on
>>completely different principle. Same for live DVD.
> How is it any different? In both cases you create a boot image
> that you don't change, and boot it on a machine whose existing
> installation you don't change. That seems pretty similar to me.
> The fact that in one case the media physically prevents you from modifying it 
> seems largely irrelevant.

It is relevant and this is exactly what constitutes major difference
when you work on such a project. You don't need to think how to handle
various things that require data persistency even if temporal one.
Your /tmp and /var are writable from the very beginning as if you are
using HDD. This alone makes USB pen drive a lot different to place it
into another category.

Even if you decide to install some additional software, you don't need
to create the image from scratch, with USB pen drive you follow the usual


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