Live GIS Disc FAQ

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Getting help

  • Q: How can I find the answer to a question which isn't here?
  • A: Use the search tool in the mailing list archives, or put it here and wait for someone else to fill in the A:.


Getting started

  • Q: What's the live user's name and password?
  • A: user/user. See the passwords.txt file on the desktop for application specific database user/passwords.


  • Q: What's the root password?
  • A: There isn't one. To run commands as root type `sudo <command>` in a terminal. To become root type `sudo - su`. Enter the user's password when prompted.

  • Q: How do I get my dual monitors to span instead of mirror with xUbuntu?
  • A: Go to the Settings menu and use the `Arandr` program to drag them apart, then click the tick/check button to apply (once you start the program it's pretty obvious, the program name on the other hand is not so obvious :) For the OSGeo 5.5 Live DVD and earlier you'll have to install it yourself via Synaptic or the Ubuntu Software Center.
axrandr screenshot

  • Q: How do I ssh into the Live Disc?
  • A: You must first generate unique RSA/DSA keys for your machine. For security reasons this has not been done automatically. Open a terminal and type:
      sudo dpkg-reconfigure openssh-server

the system keys are being regenerated, similar to

      sudo ssh-keygen -t dsa -f /etc/ssh/ssh_host_dsa_key
      sudo ssh-keygen -t rsa -f /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key
If enabling remote login access you should change the user account's default password with the passwd command.

Building the disc

  • Q: How do I roll my own version of the disc?
  • A: See the Live GIS Build wiki page