The GNOME live medias (GLM) are CDs, DVDs, images, etc. and contain all the latest and greatest GNOME software. They provide a great way to test and show of GNOME without requiring to install it on your PC.
GNOME offers a number of different ways to test or try GNOME in the environment of your choice. These are all "Live" systems, meaning full GNU/Linux systems with GNOME included using various virtualization technologies.
GNOME Live Media (GLM)
- Integrates all available language on one live CD.
- Language is switched by selecting a language on login screen.
The live Cds have been used in the past at including Linux World Expo Boston, OSCON, and GUADEC to demo GNOME.
- Use the LiveCD on a laptop as a demo machine, to show to people at conference booths.
- Hand out nicely printed medias in a local language.
- Customize the splash screen, default languages.
- Have an environment for projects to base their live media on.
Using a virtual machine (VirtualBox, qemu, etc)
The benefits for Gnome development (also compared to a LiveCD) are:
- Players are available also on Windows as Mac
- the developer can easily (compared to LiveCD) create a virtual machine and customise it by removing unneeded parts to make it small
- no need to burn a CD
- faster to boot than CD as it resides on the hard disk
- you can set the resolution by default to 800x600, which is friendly to screenshots (current resolution is 1024x768)
- you can even take screenshot of GDM (striking out as there is an issue with getting GDM running)
- screenshots are saved either on the host OS or from within the virtual machine
- translators will be able to test their translations
- demonstration tool for new users to easily try GNOME
- tool for journalists to try out GNOME
Tools for generating Live Media
SUSE Studio (openSUSE)