Live GIS Disc
OSGeo Live provides bootable ISO-Images and Virtual Machines which allow users to try out fully-operational versions of popular Free Geospatial Software without the need to install a thing. Everything is set up for you ready to go: just reboot into it, glance at the help pages on the desktop, and go. The existing hard drive and operating system will not be modified in any way, everything happens in temporary system memory. As such it will run a bit slower than the "real thing" and you may want to grab a USB flash drive to save or transfer files with. You can load and boot a live-image completely from a USB stick too if you prefer.
We do this in large part by maintaining automated build scripts which collect many OSGeo programs and sample data-sets together, and then combine them to form the Live disc or VM itself. By tweaking these scripts users are free to make their own custom distributions, for example localized in their own language and with local map data.
- For the 2009 FOSS4G conference a snapshot of Free Geospatial software has been collected onto the Arramagong Live DVD and VM.
- The Arramagong Live DVD & VM contains a collection of the best Geospatial Open Source software, pre-configured with sample data. The DVD and Virtual Machine are available for download at http://download.osgeo.org/livedvd. Refer to Live GIS Disc Quick Start to get started.
How to add a project to OSGeoLive
- Live GIS Build instructions
Stable release: http://live.osgeo.org
Nightly build: http://adhoc.osgeo.osuosl.org/livedvd/docs/en/index.html
You can find the artwork sleeves, background images, booklet at:
- Version 4.5
- Mailing List: http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/live-demo
- The mailing list is archived at Gmane and Nabble
- IRC: irc://irc.freenode.net#osgeolive
- You can log into IRC from: http://webchat.freenode.net/ Enter a nickname, and set channel=osgeolive
- Meeting Minutes
Latest Stable Release: http://download.osgeo.org/livedvd/release/4.5
Latest Development Release: http://live.osgeo.org/dev/build
Older Releases: http://download.osgeo.org/livedvd
Our bug and wish tracker is hosted at OSGeo's Trac system. To distinguish the LiveDVD project from other OSGeo projects, use the following conventions:
- Component field
- Set to `LiveDVD`
- Version: Set to base release version: eg: 4.0, 4.5, 5.0 (not 4.5alpha1)
- Application: Set to application with issue (use lower case): eg: "geoserver"
- Just those concerning the 4.0 release
- Just those concerning the 4.5 release
- List of tickets already fixed
OSGeo User Id
- Create an OSGeo id: http://www.osgeo.org/osgeo_userid , which is required to edit the wiki, commit to svn and create an issue in the issue tracker.
- Subversion: For config files and build scripts. You should always update from the server before editing a file, and always check the diff is as you intended before committing.
- Repository: https://svn.osgeo.org/osgeo/livedvd/gisvm/trunk and web view
- On Linux systems: access Subversion using:
svn checkout https://svn.osgeo.org/osgeo/livedvd/gisvm/trunk
- On windows systems, install Tortoise Subversion, which extends Windows Explorer to include subversion commands.
To get commit access, you need to create yourself a user id, as per http://www.osgeo.org/osgeo_userid, then ask cameronDOTshorter.AT.lisasoftDOTcom to add you to the osgeo user group.
The first thing you should do to test your svn install is to add your name the contributors list:
# to edit a file svn update contributors.csv # edit contributors.csv # optionally check to see what has changed. svn diff contributors.csv # check the file back into subversion svn commit contributors.csv
# to add a file cd <dir> # create a file svn add <file> svn propset svn:mime-type <mime.type> <file> svn commit <file>
# to move or rename a file svn move <file> svn commit <file>
On windows, it is even easier, using Tortoise SVN which plugs directly into Windows Explorer.
- FOSS4G 2009 Press Releases
- 27 August 2009, FOSS4G 2009 Press Release 28 - Simple steps to get your project on the FOSS4G Live DVD
- 6 September 2009, FOSS4G 2009 Press Release 29 - What Windows installers should be on the FOSS4G Live DVD + Live DVD Status.
- 3 October 2009,  Arramgong GIS Live DVD - off to printers
- 16 October 2009, FOSS4G 2009 Press Release 35 - LiveDVD/VM on click2try Cover Email
- 16 December 2009, Live GIS Disc Press Release 1 - Defining the next LiveDVD/VM
- 14 January 2009, Live GIS Disc Press Release 2 - 3 weeks to Live DVD 3.0 feature freeze
- 24 March 2010, Live GIS Disc Press Release 4 - LiveDVD project joins Google Summer of Code
- 31 March 2010, Live GIS Disc Press Release 3 - Arramagong Live DVD 3.0 released
- 10 June 2010, Live GIS Disc Press Release 5 - Building OSGeo Live DVD for FOSS4G 2010
- 27 June 2010, Live GIS Disc Press Release 6 - 1 week till OSGeoLive Feature Freeze
- 21 July 2010, Live GIS Disc Press Release 7 - OGC and OSGeo collaborate on documentation
- 3 August 2010, Live GIS Disc Press Release 8 - 1 week to test the OSGeo-Live DVD
- 13 August 2010, Live GIS Disc Press Release 9 - Testing OSGeo-Live on the USB
- 3 September 2010, Live GIS Disc Press Release 10 - Video & DVD for OSGeoLive 4.0, the best GeoSpatial OpenSource
- 23 November 2010, Live GIS Disc Press Release 11 - Goals and schedule for OSGeo-Live 4.5
- 11 December 2010, Live GIS Disc Press Release 12 - Contact application contacts
- 14 January 2011, Live GIS Disc Press Release 13 - Last call for projects to be included on OSGeo-Live 4.5
- 13 February 2011, Live GIS Disc Press Release 14 - Two weeks to translate Project Overviews
- 13 February 2011, Live GIS Disc Press Release 15 - Two weeks to write Quick Starts
- 25 February 2011, Live GIS Disc Press Release 16 - OSGeo-Live 4.5 ready for testing
- 28 March 2011, Live GIS Disc Press Release 17 - OSGeo-Live 4.5 released
- 8 May 2011, Live GIS Disc Press Release 18 - Call for interest in OSGeo-Live 5.0
- 4 June 2011, Live GIS Disc Press Release 19 - Last call for new projects wishing to be included on OSGeo-Live
- 17 June 2011, Memoirs of a Cat Herder - Coordinating OSGeo-Live volunteers
There are multiple use cases for this product:
- Demo DVD that can be handed out at conferences.
This will contain a wide variety of applications, preconfigured with some sample data and containing introductory tutorials. It should be able to function completely offline, at least within the scope of the tutorials, and should provide an introduction to many products. This is very much a Live DVD, and as such should be conservative with regards to size (it will be run from RAM).
- Education DVD
This seems to be a more involved version than the Demo DVD, including more involved material, including train-the-trainer style material. This is targeted at those who will be teaching others, be it in workshops or university classes/labs. My expectation (mleslie: feel free to correct me) is that this is more likely to be installed on machines and used as a teaching resource, as opposed to a toy to play with, as with the Demo DVD. This will require material developed through the.
- Workstation Install DVD
This need was seen in Cape Town, where the bandwidth seems to be a very limiting factor. Using the DVD to install either a complete OS, a set of packages to an existing Linux, or Windows installers completely offline is of great value in the developing world. Would it be of greater value to lose the Edu or demo material and put in complete application documentation?
- DebianGIS. We encourage projects to package applications into Debian, which in turn is incorporated into Ubuntu.
- Enterprise Linux GIS packages as RPMs for redhat based systems.
- GISVM home page (GIS Virtual Machine by Ricardo Pinho)
- DebianGIS Live Image
- Omniverdi LiveCD project
- List of live CDs from the GRASS download site
- Gfoss.it live DVD
- Portable GIS - Zero-install GIS for MS Windows on a USB stick
- Poseidon Linux
- GISLive - LiveDVD project from FOSSGIS e.V. (German language)
Links to Build tool options
- The live-helper package - DebianLive home page