Linux Technology

SuSE 9.0 Live-CD

Working out of a different office today, I was extremely apprehensive about being forced to use Windows and Outlook. I decided to download the SuSE 9.0 Live-Eval CD and bring it to the office.

Once I got here, I popped in the CD, rebooted the PC and went through the config – very short. It basically asked me the location and language and that’s it.

It took less than 5 minutes for SuSE Linux to be up and running connected to the network via DHCP. I was quickly and easily able to ssh over to my Fedora Core 1 machine at the other office, run emacs, firefox, and evolution. My biggest problem was that no matter what I did, I could not set up a local printer. Turns out that /etc/cups is mounted from the CD and no configs can be changed. Not the end of the world but annoying. Wound up saving the PDF to a thumbdrive, rebooting into Windows, and printing the PDF from there, then rebooting into SuSE.

A few annoyances with this otherwise fantastic OS-on-the-go:

  • No NTFS Read/Write support
  • Most of the settings/customizations I had made were lost at reboot. Would be nice to be able to save customizations to a floppy, hidden directory on another fixed disk, or thumbdrive
  • Not being able to setup a printer and YaST sucking up CPU trying to do it

Other than that, I think I’m going to carry a SuSE Live-CD with me everywhere!