Michaels Engineering Geophysics
Dr. Paul Michaels, PE
Boise, Idaho
Michaels Engineering Geophysics
Linux Spoken Here Open Source Tools for Engineering Geophysics
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Download a 2GB Live 64 Bit ISO Image:

Live 64 Bit ISO Image Directory

Download a 2GB Live 32 Bit ISO Image:

Live 32 Bit ISO Image Directory

Try out a preconfigured system with BSU. The following images are built with BSU, Octave, Xfig, Blas, Lapack, Plplot, and GSL already installed. Also includes web browsers, internet and other software. A test DATA directory is included. This is the PLPLOT version of BSU.


The window manager is LXDE. The operating system is Debian 10.0 (Buster). Boot from the DVD or USB.

Note: It does not matter what your normal operating system is (Linux, Mac, Microsoft, etc), if you can boot from a DVD or USB device, you can run this live system.

BE SURE TO SET YOUR BIOS BOOT PRIORITY to have the hard drive BOOT AFTER the DVD or USB. Otherwise, you won't be able to boot the Live system.

To boot the system, at the Grub2 boot window type:

press enter OR

tab, live toram, enter

To shut down, look for icon at right of task bar, use the menu, or type sudo shutdown -h now in a terminal. At some point, you will be asked to remove the boot media and press enter to finish the shutdown. If you have already removed the media because you invoked the toram option, it is OK. Just press enter to complete the shutdown. Live Image Directory

Burning a DVD Image
Burn image to a DVD using your favorite tool (In linux, GUI based k3b or perhaps command line wodim). For example, from the command line:

         wodim  -dao  -v   -eject   speed=10   dev=/dev/dvd   live-image-amd64.hybrid.iso

Windows and Mac users have programs for this as well.

Copying the USB Image

To copy the image to a USB drive ("thumb" drive, "memory stick", etc.), use a command similar to the following from a Linux xterm:

         dd if=live-image-amd64.hybrid.iso  of=/dev/sdc

WARNING: Back up any files on your USB device before you do the dd command. Otherwise, they WILL NOT BE RECOVERABLE!

NOTE: The actual command you use will require the correct output device to be specified!
In the above example, the device is /dev/sdc. Note also, no partition number is used (like /dev/sdc1).

Determining the USB Device

The following recommendation comes from http://wiki.debian.org/DebianLive
On Linux systems running udev you can use a command like this, before and then after plugging in your USB device:

ls -la /dev/disk/by-id/usb-*

Look for new lines that appear after you insert the USB device.

Before inserting the USB:
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 2009-07-05 12:24 /dev/disk/by-id/usb-Generic-_Multi-Card_20060413092100000-0:0 -> ../../sdb

After inserting the USB: lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 2009-07-05 12:24 /dev/disk/by-id/usb-Generic-_Multi-Card_20060413092100000-0:0 -> ../../sdb lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 2009-07-05 14:54 /dev/disk/by-id/usb-VBTM_Store_n_go_0CB15C60435228C1-0:0 -> ../../sdc lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 2009-07-05 14:54 /dev/disk/by-id/usb-VBTM_Store_n_go_0CB15C60435228C1-0:0-part1 -> ../../sdc1
Another easy approach is to use the dmesg command. The end of the listing output to the screen will indicate what device to use. For example,

[ 3769.165494] sd 11:0:0:0: [sdc] Assuming drive cache: write through
[ 3769.165498]  sdc: sdc1
[ 3769.167117] sd 11:0:0:0: [sdc] Attached SCSI removable disk
[ 3769.167154] sd 11:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg3 type 0

  Last Revised 22 January 2023