|In case your impatient: the credentials needed for logging in are user user and password live.|
The Bugsquad LiveDVD is basically just a simple live i385 GNU/Linux mini-distribution containing most of what is going to be KDE 4.1. I'm planning on releasing it prior to each of the KDE Bugsquad's triaging and krush events so people can take part in those events without having to download and compile themselves.
It consists of:
You can download the ISO from here: torrent (919.4MB).
When you've finished downloading, please consider seeding it. Like that others will have a chance to download it quickly as well.
The DVD ran on anything I tried on so I hope it runs on your PC as well. To use it just burn it to a DVD (or a CD if you find one big enough to fit it :-) or load it using your favourite virtual machine.
The DVD uses SYSLINUX and Debian's live-initramfs. The most common switches to use at the SYSLINUX prompt are:
|switch||parameter (default)||use to|
|keyb=KEYBOARD||countrycode (us)||set your keyboard layout|
|locale=LOCALE||locale (en_US.UTF-8)||set your locale|
|toram||copy the whole DVD's contents to RAM. Use only if you really have a LOT of it.|
|xdebconf||try a different method of determining your graphics card|
|debug||debug the live-boot process (see /var/log/live.log in the booted live system)|
|On the SYSLINUX prompt you'll have to prefix the parameters you want to put with live, eg. |
SYSLINUX: live locale=de_DE.UTF-8 keyb=de
|You can find out more about this and some additional switches by running |
$ man live-initramfs
You can log in using user user and password live. There's no root password set but you can use sudo in case you need root access.
There's two different sessions you can choose using the SYSTEM menu:
|You can login using the default KDE session and start a new KDE4 session from the K-menu. Like that you can switch between the sessions using Ctrl+F7 and Ctrl+F8.|
Usually most networks using DHCP should run by default. For WiFi and static-IP users I included knetworkmanager. You can either run it from the K-menu or start it using the krunner (Alt+F2).
As the ISO is based on a standard Debian Sid you can also configure networking manually by modifying /etc/network/interfaces if you know how to do it.
|Following any of the instructions given in this section might result in data loss if you're messing up. Please don't type any of the commands mentioned unless you're certain you know what they do.|
The LiveDVD also supports persistent storage so you can restart your system without loosing all the changes you made. The procedure is fairly straightforward and closely ressembles the one for the Ubuntu LiveCD here. Basically the only difference should be the labels:
|The only thing I tried AND could get working was the root cow partition. I tried creating a root snapshot file using bugsquad-live-sn and bugsquad-live-sn.ext3 as filename but haven't succeeded. I'd be happy if anyone could tell me if it works for them (and how).|
The LiveDVD is a Debian Sid system and support installing additional software from the Debian repository using either apt or aptitude. The most common commands are:
|apt-get install <package>||Install the named package from the online repository.|
|apt-cache search <string>||Search the package database for a package containing the searchstring.|
|apt-get update||Update the package database from the online repository.|
$ sudo apt-get install kopeteWill download and install kopete from the Debian package repository.
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cleanup confusing sections and fix sections which contain a todo
If you currently want to install a proprietary graphics driver for your NVIDIA or ATI card you're pretty much hosed if you don't know how to do it. This will hopefully change as soon as I find the time to update this section.
Non yet :-)
Feel free to add any problems, bugs and wishes you have in this section. You can also try to bug me on IRC (lemma).