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Re: [tlug] Live CD with Skype?
- Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 23:47:59 -0600
- From: "David J Iannucci" <email@example.com>
- Subject: Re: [tlug] Live CD with Skype?
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On Thu, 22 Apr 2010 09:43 +0900, "Kyle Hasegawa" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > On 4/22/2010 9:06 AM, Nick Hastings wrote: > > I don't use skype and rarly use live cds, but google seems to have > > many suggestions: Thanks Nick... although I thought I had learned this lesson already, in some cases it's still hard to remember that GIYF :-} > You could also repack a custom live cd. The advantage of this is that > you can use a distro with which you are more familiar and you can add > other programs that you may also use. Thanks... as a matter of fact that was the first thing I tried! I used SUSE Studio. Very cool. (I'm a Gentoovian in real life, but this seemed too easy to pass up.) If I didn't mention it, this was for my wife to use on a borrowed computer when she got to Japan. It has exactly the software she usually uses at home on it, including her Firefox bookmarks and her Thunderbird - old emails, settings and all, ready to go. Very cool :-) Unfortunately this SUSE Studio-created live disc wouldn't boot on the (2006) hardware she's borrowing. It failed with something about init respawning too fast (caused by GDM I think). So before I send her another copy of that live CD (I made a straw- grasping attempt to fix the problem, taking the respawn flags out of /etc/inittab), I wanted to also send 1 or 2 other live CDs that she might try in case the Studio one was just a lost cause. All she really needs, when you get to it, is an off-the-shelf FF and Skype. The Skype is particularly important to me because I'm missing my toddler twins and wanting to see them, and them me, asap :-} Google will tell you that MEPIS's live CD has Skype, but it's no longer true. I found an older edition was still available on some mirror sites, but it wasn't until downloading, burning and booting it that I found (not surprisingly) that the Skype on it is really old and won't do video. Without digging *too* deeply it didn't seem there were any other "major" distros offering Skype on their (recent) live discs. I wish I had thought of such contingencies before she left, but it didn't occur to me for an instant that the SUSE Studio disc (which tested out fine on a couple different machines here), would fail. Tomorrow I'll be sending her the "fixed" SUSE, a Knoppix 4.0.2, which in my experience has been the most reliable (boots on anything), even compared to more recent Knoppices, and maybe one more random live CD, along with a USB stick with the statically-linked Skype binary on it. If none of that can be made to work... I give up :-/ Thanks for listening :-) Dave
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