DesktopBSD Day 6 - The Live Desktop

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Once upon a time there was no such thing as a live desktop. But that time is already way behind us and more and more Linux distributions come with a live boot option. DesktopBSD gives you the option either to go to the install menu or first go to the live desktop. Today I took a closer look at that option.

Booting the live desktop

I tested the live desktop on my main system (AMD XP 2400+, 1 Gb RAM, 2 hard drives, nVidia n6200 graphics card). The cd isn’t fast. It takes some time to load all the modules. After that it wants to configure X automatically. The graphics card is detected flawlessly. It couldn’t detect the type of monitor, but that is understandable since it is tucked behind a KVM switch. After a minute or two DesktopBSD suggests a 1280 x 1024 resolution. Perfect and better than some other live disks that have crossed my desk and were stuck at 1024 x 768, 800 x 600 or 640 x 480.

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