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[ale] how do I make a custom linux install boot from cd



Hi guys,

I've been away from email for a few days, so if anyone sent something directly to me, I'll have to get to you shortly.

I need some linux geekery and wizardry extarordinaire.

Let's say I want to create a custom linux install to do some specific unique task, like monitoring the weather, be a vpn, or maybe mine bitcoins.  So, say I boot a Mint 13 cd and either apt-get or copy programs and scripts to get the system working like I want and doing what I want.  Actually, I don't understand how you can install anything on a system which booted from a cd, but that's another story.  Anyway, assume the system is doing the task that I want.  However, the problem is, when I reboot, everything goes away, and I have to configure it all over again.  So, how do I change it so that I can save all my changes to another cd, and when I boot that one, the system is capable of doing the special task I wanted.

I'm considering booting from a CD and, maybe, not even having a hard drive.  That means I don't have to worry much at all about maintenance, updates, and security, as long as it'd doing the task I want it to do.  Don't have to worry about hard drive failures and power failures either.  All the work I want the unit to do is network based.

Any help is greatly appreciated.  Please keep your replies at the experienced linux beginner (relative to some of you) level.

Sincerely,

Ron


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