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MultiBoot Linux 2014.5
[2014-0516]

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MultiBoot Linux is a 16GB USB Flash Drive containing several popular, and various special-use, Linux Distributions all on one Flash Drive.  Also included is a boot CD to allow using the USB Flash Drive on computers that can not boot from USB directly.

This update release containing nineteen operating systems includes new releases of R4W 2014.5 with Netflix Support, Ubuntu 14.04 with Long Term Support (LTS), in both 32 and 64 bit versions, and Lubuntu 14.04 LTS.

Note: If you have a newer PC with Windows 8, you will need to disable UEFI (Secure Boot) to use Live USB and Optical Discs.  Here are a few good articles on how to do that: PCMAG.com - Fedora Project - Ubuntu - openSUSE
 


INCLUDED OPERATING SYSTEMS:

64 bit Operating Systems for Modern Computers
The overwhelming majority of computers built in the last eight years have been 64 bit systems, with the exception of specialty devices like early first netbooks.

  • Ubuntu  - The Ubuntu Desktop is a favorite among professionals and consumers alike.  Now settled in with Unity Desktop as their standard, Ubuntu remains a top contender among consumers.  Ubuntu is widely used on desktops, notebooks, and netbooks.  Software Version: 14.04 LTS Unity Desktop.
     
  • Mageia  - Magea started as a fork of Mandriva Linux, picking up where Mandriva left off. Software Version: 4 KDE Desktop
     
  • Linux Mint  - Linux Mint has a great following by former Windows users, and anyone craving an easy to use operating system.  Linux Mint is based on Ubunbtu, and has become known as "Ubuntu, but better." Software Version: 16 Cinnamon Desktop
  • openSUSE  - Although Enterprise SUSE is targeted mostly at the server market for profitable reasons, it's open development model called openSUSE is highly toted as a great desktop OS as well.  Software Version: 13.1 KDE Desktop.
     
  • Fedora  - With each new release Fedora expands technological borders. Fedora is well known for bringing cutting edge technologies into the hands of the general public.  Software Version: Fedora 20 Gnome Desktop.
     
  • CentOS  - If you would like the Stability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, without paying for Red Hat support, CentOS is the answer. Software Version: 6.5 Gnome Desktop.
     
  • Debian  - Debian maintains the goal of being the universal operating system. It is suitable for many different use cases: from desktop systems to netbooks; from development servers to cluster systems; and for database, web, or storage servers. At the same time, additional quality assurance efforts like automatic installation and upgrade tests for all packages in Debian's archive ensure that Debian fulfills the high expectations that users have of a stable release. It is rock solid and rigorously tested. Software Version 7.2 Gnome Desktop
     
  • Knoppix - Knoppix was the first widely popular Live Linux Distribution, and is still the most populat cross-over utility distribution.  Knoppix is intended to be run live from a disc or flash drive, but can be installed onto the hard drive.  Knoppix is still used as a teaching aide/platform to teach command line scripting in Universities around the world.  It's also widely used to rescue files from non-functioning Windows computers. Software Version: 7.2.0 Lxde Desktop
     
  • Knoppix Adriane  - Knoppix ADRIANE is an easy-to-use, talking desktop system with optional support for braille, which can be used entirely without vision oriented output devices. Especially access to standard Internet services like email, surfing the web, scanning and reading of printed documents and using mobile phone extension services like SMS (over the users own mobile phone) are supported. Software Version: 7.2.0

Universal 32 bit Operating Systems (for all 32 and 64 bit Intel compatible systems)

  • R4W (Replacement for Windows) - R4W)is designed to be a drop-in replacement for Microsoft Windows computers.  Although R4W looks and feels much like a Windows release, it's not a Microsoft Windows clone, or "work-alike". Instead, it is an operating system, plus technologically up-to-date software, for replacing older unsupported versions of Windows and the outdated software that runs on them. 64 bit option available after installation. Software version: 2014.5
     
  • Ubuntu  - The Ubuntu Desktop is a favorite among professionals and consumers alike.  Now settled in with Unity Desktop as their standard, Ubuntu remains a top contender among consumers.  Ubuntu is widely used on desktops, notebooks, and netbooks.  Software Version: 14.04 LTS Unity Desktop.
     
  • Manjaro - Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system. Developed in Austria, France, and Germany, Manjaro provides all the benefits of the Arch operating system combined with a focus on user-friendliness and accessibility. Software Version: .8.8 Xfce Desktop
     
  • PCLinuxOS -PCLinuxOS is a easy to use Linux-based Operating System for x86 desktops or laptops.  Although an RPM based system, PCLinuxOS utilize the Advanced Packaging Tool (or APT), a package management system (originally from the Debian distribution), together with Synaptic, a GUI frontend to APT for easy software installation. PCLinuxOS has over 12,000 rpm software packages available from their software repository. Software version: 2013.12 KDE Desktop
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  • Knoppix - Knoppix was the first widely popular Live Linux Distribution, and is still the most populat cross-over utility distribution.  Knoppix is intended to be run live from a disc or flash drive, but can be installed onto the hard drive.  Knoppix is still used as a teaching aide/platform to teach command line scripting in Universities around the world.  It's also widely used to rescue files from non-functioning Windows computers. Software Version: 7.2.0 Lxde Desktop
     
  • Knoppix Adriane  - Knoppix ADRIANE is an easy-to-use, talking desktop system with optional support for braille, which can be used entirely without vision oriented output devices. Especially access to standard Internet services like email, surfing the web, scanning and reading of printed documents and using mobile phone extension services like SMS (over the users own mobile phone) are supported. Software Version: 7.2.0
     
  • Lubuntu  - Lubuntu is a fast and lightweight operating system developed by a community of Free and Open Source enthusiasts. The core of the system is based on Linux and Ubuntu . Lubuntu uses the minimal desktop LXDE, and a selection of light applications. We focus on speed and energy-efficiency. Because of this, Lubuntu has very low hardware requirements. Software version: 14.04 LTS
     
  • Puppy Linux - Retro - The Puppy Linux - Retro Edition is a great option for older computers, especially if you still use a Dial-up Internet connection.  It's reported to run with 128MB or more of menory, with 256MB being recommended.  Software Version: 4.2.1-Retro
     
  • Puppy Standard Edition -This Edition is a great option for pentium III and newer computers.  It's lean and fast, and this version is based upon slackware.Software Version: 5.6 "Slacko"
     
  • Damn Small Linux (DSL)  - DSL is awesome on Windows 95 era computers, and fun to play with on nearly any PC.  DSL can run on as little as a 486DX with 16MB of Ram,l however 64MB or more is recommended.  It can run fully in RAM on PCs with 128MB if you want to see just how fast a computer can run. Software Version: 4.4.10

 

Many items are available on a variety of media.  Below is more information about these options:


Notice: We only ship top quality Kingston USB Flash devices.

In addition to optical CD/DVDs, USB Flash Drives are very popular.  They can be used in nearly any computer built since 1999, and are very useful on newer netbooks and computers without optical drives.

There are currently two major types of USB Flash Drives we currently use.  The standard USB 2.0 drives from Kingston shown on the left, and the next generation USB 3.0 Flash Drives from Kingston shown below on the right.
 
Both types of drives can be used in any USB port from the early 1.1 specifications of the late 1990s through to the latest USB 3.0 specifications that came out in 2010.  The only practical difference between the two is their speed when plugged into a USB 3.0 port, which allows the Kingston USB 3.0 Drives to save and read data 5-6 times faster than the Kingston USB 2.0 Flash Drives.


The Mobility Kit, shown here on the left, consists of a small "Micro" SD Card which inserts into a small USB Flash Drive adapter, or standard SD adapter. This allows it to also be used as a standard SD Card, or USB 2.0 Flash Drive. This is a great option if you want to be able to use it in the widest variety of computers and hand-held devices, or if you just want a nearly invisible USB Flash Drive that doesn't stick out.


When ordering flash media it is strongly recommended to select either the Priority Mail or Express Mail delivery option.  Although you are allowed to select first class mail at checkout time, we will not replace any items lost in the Postal System.  In most instances undelivered orders are returned to us and we can contact the customer, let them know, and arrange re-shipment, but not always. Priority and Express Mail packages can be tracked Online so if something goes wrong we can track them down.


Flash Drives and Media Kits are ordered from Distribution on Mondays and Thursdays, with shipments generally taking three days to arrive. Please allow up to a week for these items to be processed, pre-tested, and shipped to you from On-Disk.com.

32 Bit, and x86 refer to Intel, and Intel Compatible, computers. These include computers using Intel, AMD, and VIA processors.

64 bit, x86_64, and AMD64 designations refer to a 64-bit extension to the existing x86 architecture. A 64 Bit Intel, or Intel Compatible, computer can run either a standard 32 bit operating system, or a 64 bit optimized version.

The performance gain from using a 64 bit operating system is virtually imperceptible in most instances. Where we could possibly notice a difference would be when the computer is under a heavy load such as when running high-end applications which may require massive system resources, or a highly over-tasked Internet Server. This is because the majority of the performance gain is due to the road the internal data travels on being twice as wide as on 32 Bit hardware, as well as newer/faster hardware that supports it. In normal computing environments, very little performance increase can be attributed to the CPUs enhanced 64 bit instruction set itself.

One remaining drawback to using a 64 bit operating system is that there are still instances where hardware support or software may not be available.

PowerPC, often abbreviated as PPC, was used by Apple's Macintosh lines from 1994 to 2006 (before Apple's transition to Intel). If you have an older Apple, or Apple Compatible, computer from this time period look for products offering PPC options.


Software:

The computer type option on software pages (not operating systems) is fairly easy to select. Just match the computer type with the operating system installed on your computer. If you are not sure if you have a 32 or 64 bit installation use one of the methods below:

  • Microsoft has a guide for Windows 2000 and newer versions: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;827218 All older versions of Windows are all 32 bit.

  • Under Linux run uname -a in a terminal window.

  • Computers without a working operating system: Pay attention to the display when the computer is turned on, it will normally show one of the designations listed above. Otherwise you may need to press whatever key it tells you to use to enter the BIOS (AKA startup options). Once in the BIOS the type of CPU should be displayed.

Basic Shipping Info:

Orders ship out twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays. They are processed in the order in which they are received, not based upon the shipping option selected during checkout.

Please Remember, every item is custom made for you after you place your order. It's not like purchasing a copy of Mirosoft Windows at a retail shop where all they need to do is put it in a box and ship it to you.

We do not work weekends or holidays.  We are a small family business, with the emphasis on family.

Basic Shipping Costs:

(note: Orders of 3 or more items will be slightly more. Their actual cost is shown during checkout.)

  • USPS First-Class Mail to US addresses - $2.37US for 1 disc in basic package, $2.66 for 2 discs. Delivery for most addresses is within 4 business days. Military and outlying possessions may be longer.

  • First Class Mail International to Canada - $2.37US for 1 disc in basic package, $2.66 for 2 discs. Most orders will arrive within 7 business days, but a minimum of two weeks should be allowed for shipping.

  • First Class Mail International to anywhere else in the World - $3.60US for 1 disc in basic package, $3.85 for 2 discs. Most orders will arrive within 2 weeks, but consideration should be given to the distance, Customs and the postal service in your country.

Flash Drive Shipping:

Flash Drives,  SD Cards, and CF Cards are ordered from distribution weekly, and normally ship from On-Disk.com in anywhere from 1-7 days.

When ordering flash media it is strongly recommended to select either the Priority Mail or Express Mail delivery option.  Although you are allowed to select first class mail at checkout time, we will not replace any items lost in the Postal System.  In most instances undelivered orders are returned to us and we can contact the customer, let them know and arrange re-shipment, but not always. Priority and Express Mail packages can be tracked Online so if something goes wrong we can track them down.

Returns and Exchanges:

Every order placed at On-Disk.com is a custom made product.  We make it specifically for you after you order it.  With this in mind, once the media has been created it can not be returned, exchanged or canceled. Certain exceptions can be made depending upon the circumstances.  This is left up to the sole discretion of On-Disk.com

Replacement Guarantee:

If a disk or other media arrives at your location and is un-readable due to shipping damage or quality of the burn and or data load, we will replace the damaged items. If the damage is due to shipping, we may ask that you return the items to us in it's original packaging so that we can asses our shipping procedures to ensure disks arrive at their location safely. If it's not apparent that un-readable media was damaged in shipping it may be returned in any appropriate media packaging.

There is no Replacement Guarantee for free Quick Ship discs, or other free promotional or courtesy items we may periodically offer throughout the year. We simply don't have the manpower to help troubleshoot or re-send free disc products.

21-Day Limit:

You must notify us within 21 days (3 weeks) from the ship-to date if there are any problems with your order. There will be no refunds or replacements made after 21 days.

If you're not sure what the ship date is, you'll find it within your order history. Simply visit the "My Account" link at the top of this page.


Help Ordering:

If you need help ordering please contact us so that we may assist.


More Information:

If you need more information about a product please contact the product Developer.  Their homepage information will be linked to from the Developer box in the menu on the left.

In some instances items are added to our catalog per customer request.  In such instances there will be no Developer Info box showing in the menu on the left, and any product information included in the listing was found on the product developers website, which you may want to visit for updated information. These Custom Requested listings are not maintained or updated by On-Disk.com.


Technical Support Options:

No-cost technical advice and support is available for nearly any piece of software, including operating systems. In many instances you will also have support available locally. The key is to know these options exist, and have enough basic information to be able to find them.
 
Whether looking for assistance with a computer operating system, or software running on the computer, there are outstanding free options available.
 
The first place we can begin seeking help is Online.
Most operating system and software developers have Online forums in place specifically to assist you. These Online support forums allow you live and on-demand access to a wide range of technical guidance from industry experts. You can usually find support forums by visiting the developer's website. In some cases you can just do an internet search for the item you are needing help with, followed by the word "forum" to find relevant information. In most instances, for the products we have available, a link is provided for you under the "Support" tab on the listing page for that particular item.
 
The advantage of support forums is in the numbers and expertise...your situation can be viewed by many people, and only one needs to know the answer for you to find a solution. Online support forums are also followed, in most instances, by those who actually write the piece of software, or have a hand in developing the operating system. These folks are the "real-deal", not just an hourly paid employee on the other end of a phone somewhere.
 
Nearly every Linux, BSD, and Open Solaris distribution has a user forum to help with any problems that may come up. There are also several very good general content forums such as :http://www.linuxquestions.org and the Nixcraft Linux Tech Support Forum - great places to get help with just about every operating system other than Microsoft Windows, as well as applications that run on them. For the more technically adventurous there are forums such as The UNIX and Linux Forums and http://www.unixforum.co.uk/.
 
MAC users have the great MAC OSX support forum available to them, as well as the Apple Discussions, and MAC Forums.


And don't feel left out if you use Microsoft Windows, you have Online support forums at your disposal as well, but you do need to be on the lookout for forums created just to sell you antivirus or spyware solutions. The most reputable is the Microsoft Forums. For assistance with a non-microsoft product under Windows you may sometimes get better results at other locations such as the Tech Support Forums.
 
Another great place to get free technical support is through local user groups. Since the early days of computing groups of people have been getting together to explore all the geeky things they can do with their computers. In the past few years the number of user groups, and members of existing groups, has exploded fueled by the growing popularity of Linux and and open source software.
 
There are several types of computer user groups, and to find ones that meet near you. A quick internet search can help find a group near you. For instance a simple search like linux user group gives excellent results. I selected Linux User Group (also known as LUG) because from my experience a Linux user group can, and usually will, assist with just about any computer or gadget related problem you might have. LUGs normally have regular meetings which everyone is welcome to attend, as well as "Install Fests" periodically throughout the year. An install fest is an event where they will even install your Linux selection onto your computer for you, as well as give you advice on which distribution may best suit your circumstances.
 
Although it's great to have face to face conversations with the people who are helping you, the majority of assistance members give each other usually takes place on a mailing list, which offers real-time answers to questions. Using the mailing list for support can be a great lifeline if you happen to live some distance from the nearest group and can't attend regular meetings.

Product Licensing:

Product Licensing terms are set by the individual software developers.  Please see the Developer's homepage for complete licensing information.  Their Developer's homepage is linked to from the Developer info box in the menu on the left.

In some instances items are added to our catalog per customer request.  In such instances there will be no Developer Info box showing in the menu on the left, and any product information included in the listing was found on the product developers website, which you may want to visit for updated information. Licensing terms of all Custom Requested items appearing in our catalog allow for re-distribution under their terms which we must honor.

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