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Author Topic: The Ultimate Rescue CD  (Read 13099 times)

SkyIDE

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The Ultimate Rescue CD
« on: March 23, 2008, 12:59 AM »
Hi there,

I would like to introduce you to something that I have been working on for quite some time. I call this the "Ultimate Rescue CD". I originally intended to keep this private for my own use but some of my friends wanted me to release the ISO. What's your opinion on this?

The background story: Why I created this? We already have a few boot CDs but none of them (in my own opinion) are really complete. So I decided to invest more time into linux and create my own boot CD with all the tools I will ever need. Have a look at the screenshots.

Will you be interested in having something like this and will you intend to test it? This is a critical decision as I am trying to find out whether people are interested or not. I am a bit reluctant to release it due to its size but if interest is shown I will go ahead with it. I am asking because the ISO is 595MB and uploading 595MB on my server might take some time. If this project goes ahead, I will need some servers to host the ISO. The project is consisted of open source software.

Screenshots:

http://www.techopinion.net/images/1.jpg
http://www.techopinion.net/images/2.jpg
http://www.techopinion.net/images/3.jpg


Included Software:
The big ones:

   System Rescue CD
   Trinity Rescue CD
   GParted Partition Editor
   Parted Magic
   Clonezilla
   Ultimate Boot CD for DOS


The little ones but good:
   FreeDOS
   memtest86
   AIDA System Diagnostic
   NT Offline Password Recovery
   GAG Boot Loader
   Derik's Boot and Nuke
   

These are all included on the CD/ISO. What do you think?

Also, each of the big ones such as System Rescue CD etc, when you select the entry, another menu is shown with most of the options available to that CD.
« Last Edit: March 23, 2008, 02:36 AM by SkyIDE »

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Re: The Ultimate Rescue CD
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2008, 03:01 AM »
Those images are a bit over sized, sorry about it -- *Fixed*

http://www.techopinion.net/images/1.jpg
http://www.techopinion.net/images/2.jpg
http://www.techopinion.net/images/3.jpg

and here is what happens when you for example select "GParted"

http://www.techopinion.net/images/4.jpg (Image resized to viewable size)

As you can see most (in this case *all*) of the options of the original Live CD are available. I can either use VESA graphics for the menu or just the way it is.

I will label each entry as 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. so numbers can be used for shortcuts.

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Re: The Ultimate Rescue CD
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2008, 05:53 AM »
SkyIDE,

I am sure you would get a much better response from a wider audience. I suggest hosting this project on SourceForge.net and submitting your info to sites like DistroWatch.com and The LiveCD List.

I would also hope that you don't get discouraged by what will surely be a slow uptake of your distribution. Things take time to get noticed and for word to spread. It may take months for your distro to get moving. It is just part of the huge world of the intertubes. I think the best way to get people interested is to do a mini public relations/marketing campaign to get the word out and then be very helpful on the SourceForge message forums for your distro.

Let us know if/when you get it uploaded to SourceForge and I will take a look at it.

Good Luck

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Re: The Ultimate Rescue CD
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2008, 05:57 AM »
Also looking into the use of Bittorrent should help you with distribution. You can have a server hosting it but as more people download it there would be less slug on your server.

I'd certainly be interested in something like this for rescue, so keep us updated!
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Re: The Ultimate Rescue CD
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2008, 06:21 AM »
Hey thanks for those responses. I don't know if I can call my self a distribution but a live CD, yes. I like both of your suggestions. I will have to write a little shell script that fixes a small error in relation with Trinity otherwise all other sections seem to work perfectly.

P.S. My bandwidth is 20000MB on my server so by the time only a few people download this, my site will be down for a month. Sourceforge.net is a good idea.


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Re: The Ultimate Rescue CD
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2008, 06:39 AM »
Any preferences of the following names? :)

Ultimate Rescue CD (URCD) - I like this
Ultimate Rescue Disk (URD) - I like this too
Multi Rescue System (MRS) - I like this one too
Power Boot CD (PBCD)

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Re: The Ultimate Rescue CD
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2008, 07:01 AM »
How about SkyCD?

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Re: The Ultimate Rescue CD
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2008, 07:06 AM »
Not using 'CD' will allow you to move to a DVD in the future although http://www.google.co...nGB235GB235&aq=t URD has a few results already.
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Re: The Ultimate Rescue CD
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2008, 07:13 AM »
Troubleshooter Tools CD  8)

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Re: The Ultimate Rescue CD
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2008, 08:04 AM »
SkyDisc ?
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Re: The Ultimate Rescue CD
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2008, 08:39 AM »
SkyDisc ?

I like that.  :up:

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Unfortunately there already is something at SkyDisc.com and they will complain.

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Re: The Ultimate Rescue CD
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2008, 03:52 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions. Yes, it took me ages to come up with SkyIDE - something which is not taken. Google back then returned only two pages, some foreign URLS and something else to do with a "New York" "skyide". Those suggestions are great and yes, removing the word "CD" will justify a move breaking the 700MB limit. Unfortunately (for me) some of those names are in use but turns out "Multi Rescue System" is free and it sounds good when abbreviated the "MRS" as long as you don't spell it as "Mrs" haha :)

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Re: The Ultimate Rescue CD
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2008, 05:30 PM »
Of course, The Ultimate Rescue Disk would be pretty memorable and could be associated with very recognisable graphics.  :)

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Re: The Ultimate Rescue CD
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2008, 06:07 PM »
Hmm I looked at http://www.google.co...nGB235GB235&aq=t as pointed out by mediaguycouk, it seems like there isn't an official one, there are just references to it as a generic form but then...I only looked at the first page. I like this one but we'll see what happens.

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Re: The Ultimate Rescue CD
« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2008, 02:58 AM »
I am waiting for a new Trinity release before I finalise this CD. There is a small show stopper with Trinity which I am unable to fix automatically although it can be fixed once it starts if you know what you are doing but I'd rather have it working "out of the box". The author replied to me and said he will fix the problem and the issue is in his todo list for the next beta. Once this is finalised, I intend to release the ISO. Currently I am just experimenting.