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NetBSD LiveCDs
LiveCDs provide an easy and convenient way for users to try out a new operating system by letting them run the software directly from a bootable CD (or DVD). Some LiveCDs allow users to not only testdrive the operating system, but also to install it directly from the same media, while specialized LiveCDs based on many different operating systems are developed to solve very different and very specific problems.

NetBSD LiveCDs have been around for several years, but just like their FreeBSD and OpenBSD counterparts, they have never been integrated into the official releases, and instead are maintained by third parties. To take advantage of the ease with which LiveCDs allow users to try out and install a new operating system, it is important to allow automatic generation of LiveCD images for each release.

This paper presents the framework for building a Live CD to be integrated into NetBSD's release process and building tool (build.sh) to ensure that users can experience a no-hype LiveCD that accurately reflects what a running system looks like. The result will easily provide the basis for third parties to develop specialized products for any given NetBSD release, and will open the door for many more new applications of NetBSD Live CDs.

speaker: Jan Schaumann

location: SITE B0138

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