Running Netbook OS from a Live CD?

foss2010 February 19, 2010
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I have had a question for a while about the Jolicloud, Ubuntu Netbook, Chromium OS: I know these are “netbook” OSs, but can I also run them on my PC?

I would like to run them as a Live CD on my Compaq desktop – can I donwload the iso for any of them, burn them to a CD and run as a live CD on boot-up?

Also I once installed Chromium OS with guidance from a website to a 2 GB flash drive and tried to boot up. It would not cuz we need a user and password, for which I used the ones from the website. It would continue saying that it could not connect to the network, although I had the LAN plugged in to the computer.

I love Netbookism, although I haven’t been able to buy one. So can I test-run those OSs on my PC by way of Live CD or USB install of any of the above?


  1. Dan
    February 24, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Well, I have downloaded the Ubuntu Netbook Remix and Jolicloud pre-beta release ISOs and burned them to CDs. Last night I was enjoying Jolicloud Live CD in my Compaq desktop. It works pretty good. Given that it is the pre-beta release that I downloaded and things boot up very fast, I am so far impressed. There is though a problem or two: The CD failed to detect my monitor resolution, which I had to manually set ( this happens with every LiveCD I try on my computer, except Puppy which automatically fits in the screen resolution). The other crazy thing in my Live CD Jolicloud is my mouse can't select the item I point to on the home page - for example when I point the cursor to Appearances something elsewhere like Main Menu or some other hard drive is selected! eerie! So I tried by mostly firing things from the launch/command line with Alt-F2.
    I haven't yet Live CD'ed Ubuntu Netbook Remix yet.
    So far so good !

  2. Jack Cola
    February 22, 2010 at 3:22 am

    I currently have Chrome OS running through Virtual Box on my computer. I think to login you just have to use a Google Login? I can't remember as I haven't used it for a while, and it was pretty bad.

    So another option will be to use Virtual Box, which you can find at

  3. Dan
    February 20, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Thanks simcaster.
    I am gonna write Ubuntu Netbook on to a Live CD and try.

  4. Anonymous
    February 20, 2010 at 3:46 am

    For chrome os on a flash drive a guide can be found here: The password and user name are both "facepunch".

    For ubuntu nbr on a flash drive look here: You can also write the iso to a disc for a live cd:

    I don't have any experience with jolicloud so i can't help you there.

    My experience with ubuntu nbr has been hugely positive, i would highly recommend it.