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100 Linux Distributions on one DVD? Build your own Live DVD easily and freely

Linux.com reviewed Multi Distro which puts nine distributions on one CDROM effectively converting it to a live CD.

There is no apparent reasons why those distros have been chosen other than the fact that they are small enough to fit on a CDROM.

With the advent of the DVD (or Dual Layer DVDs), one can envision cramming more than a few Linux distributions on optical media in a bid to test or allow testing of as many options as possible.

More and more computer systems come with Dual layer capable DVD readers and/or writers. Nautopia is another excellent tool that allows you to make your own Live DVD or CD.

Of course, the advantages of using Live DVD are numerous: DVD offers a larger capacity (Dual layer DVD have up to 15 times the capacity of a CDROM), hence more distros to play with. DVD is speedier than CDROM (a 16x DVD transfers data at a sustained rate of 21.6mbps while a 52x CDROM does 7.8mbps). And apart from the price of the media and your own time, there's no other cost involved.

The only complaint that I can find is that duplicate software can be found in most packages (open office, mozilla, firefox) and that it would be a good idea to have a single folder or repository for all of them.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.