LiveCD with OpenBSD - Get fully featured OpenBSD desktop environment without installing


What is LiveCD-OpenBSD?

It is trivial to a create a bootable USB stick with OpenBSD. I wanted to create one and realized that this will be of general use for anyone who likes a UNIX USB memory stick that they can carry with them on a keychain. This is the LiveCD/LiveDVD created using the LiveUSB images as base. This is the sister project of LiveUSB-OpenBSD.

Remember that it will install to the hard drive if you choose to do so. After that you have to remove the optical medium and boot from the hard disk or USB stick to enjoy LiveUSB.

To install the LiveCD/DVD image to hard disk, please use the excellent nCurses progress bar based installer installtodisk.

Screenshots here.

  1. Minimal version without X
  2. Full version with Windowmaker

Please make your choice, download and enjoy!


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LiveCD-OpenBSD-Minimal for 8GB

LiveCD-OpenBSD-Minimal shot

This is the non Xwindow version for geeks. Though there is no X, it still is way too powerful!

The packages in LiveUSB-Minimal are

aget-0.4            multi threaded HTTP download accelerator
axel-2.4            tiny download accelerator
bing-1.0.5p2        point-to-point bandwidth measurement tool
btpd-0.16           BitTorrent Protocol Daemon
curl-7.26.0         get files from FTP, Gopher, HTTP or HTTPS servers
fping-2.4b2p6       quickly ping N hosts w/o flooding the network
hping-2.0.0rc3p1    TCP/UDP ping/traceroute tool
lftp-4.3.3          shell-like command line ftp and sftp client
luasocket-2.0.2p2   network support for the lua language
mpg123-1.14.2       fast console MPEG audio player and decoder library
mpg321-0.3.2        free clone of mpg123, a command-line mp3 player
mutt-1.5.21p0v0-sasl-sidebar-compressed tty-based e-mail client, development version
normalize-0.7.7p0   audio file volume normalizer
p5-Curses-UI-0.9609 curses based user interface framework for Perl
p5-CursesWidgets-1.997p3 curses(3) based terminal widgets
p5-Proc-Daemon-0.03p1 run perl program as a daemon process
p7zip-9.20.1p0      file archiver with high compression ratio
postfix-2.10.20120630-sasl2 fast, secure sendmail replacement
pure-ftpd-1.0.35-virtual_chroot small, easy to set up, fast and very secure FTP server
randtype-1.13       output characters or lines at random intervals
rtorrent-0.8.9v0    ncurses BitTorrent client based on libTorrent
sing-1.1p4          send ICMP nasty garbage
socat-1.7.2.1       relay for bidirectional data transfer
sox-14.4.0p1        Sound eXchange, the Swiss Army knife of audio manipulation
vim-7.3.154p2-no_x11 vi clone, many additional features
vorbis-tools-1.4.0p0 play, encode, and manage Ogg Vorbis files
wget-1.13.4         retrieve files from the web via HTTP, HTTPS and FTP


You can login as user live and password live123 The root password is openbsd1729.

Download LiveCD/DVD image of LiveUSB-OpenBSD-Minimal ISO image from here.


LiveCD-OpenBSD-Full

LiveUSB-OpenBSD-Full shot

I have installed a lot of packages like pidgin,firefox, mplayer, ffmpeg etc.

This throws up a nice xdm prompt where you can login as user live and password live123. The root password is openbsd1729. The password is three words with two spaces in between.

You can listen to streaming audio or watch videos with mplayer. You have a nice minimal graphical environment with windowmaker. You can read man pages in color. There are several nice things you can do with this minimal OS. Just download the image and try it out.

Download LiveCD/DVD image of LiveCD-OpenBSD-Full ISO image from here.

With this version you can browse the Internet with Mozilla Firefox, chat using pidgin several networking tools like nmap, hping, socat and sing thrown in. The repertoire is really interesting.


You only need 8GB for this. The packages installed are:

ImageMagick-6.7.7.7p1 image processing tools
colorls-5.0         ls that can use color to display file attributes
curl-7.26.0         get files from FTP, Gopher, HTTP or HTTPS servers
dictd-client-1.9.15p2 Dictionary Server Protocol client
ffmpeg-20120610     audio/video converter and streamer
figlet-2.2.5        generates ASCII banner art
firefox-13.0.1      Mozilla web browser
lftp-4.3.3          shell-like command line ftp and sftp client
mplayer-20110309p19 movie player supporting many formats
mutt-1.5.21p0v0-sasl-sidebar-compressed tty-based e-mail client, development version
osd_clock-0.5p2     xosd based clock
p5-Curses-UI-0.9609 curses based user interface framework for Perl
p5-CursesWidgets-1.997p3 curses(3) based terminal widgets
p5-Proc-Daemon-0.03p1 run perl program as a daemon process
p7zip-9.20.1p0      file archiver with high compression ratio
pidgin-2.10.6-gtkspell multi-protocol instant messaging client
postfix-2.10.20120630-sasl2 fast, secure sendmail replacement
qemu-1.1.0p0        multi system emulator
qiv-2.2.4           very small and pretty fast gdk/Imlib image viewer
root-tail-1.2p1     tails a given file anywhere on your X11 root window
transcode-1.1.7p0   video stream processing tools
urlview-0.9p4-slang curses-based URL ripper
vim-7.3.154p2-gtk2  vi clone, many additional features
wget-1.13.4         retrieve files from the web via HTTP, HTTPS and FTP
windowmaker-0.92.0p11 window manager that emulates NEXTSTEP(tm)
wmcalclock-1.25     wm-dockapp; calendar/clock
wmdate-0.7p1        wm-dockapp; shows the current date
wmmoonclock-1.27p3  wm-dockapp; shows the moon phase
wmtictactoe-1.1.1p0 wm-dockapp; TicTacToe game
wmtimer-2.92p2      wm-dockapp; alarm clock
wmweather-2.4.3p2   wm-dockapp; weather monitor
xosd-2.2.14         displays text on your screen

These images are based on 5.2 release of OpenBSD made on Nov 1, 2012.


Other LiveCD projects

LiveCD-XFCE

LiveCD-Finance

LiveCD-Graphics

LiveCD-Games

LiveCD-Multimedia

Should you be interested in getting a USB stick instead you can send me a mail and I can have one shipped to you preloaded with the LiveUSB packages.


Please e-mail girish@gayatri-hitech.com for anything.


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