- acquire access to an optical disc drive that has writing capability (with the logos RW and/or ReWritable on the drive tray)
- acquire a DVD+RW optical disc (read Appendix 1 below)
- acquire the ISO image file of the desired GNU/Linux distribution, such as a recent Puppy version (read Appendix 2 below)
- acquire a recent libburn software package
- write (burn) the ISO file to the optical disc
- Within GNU/Linux
- install the recent version of the libburn software package from here and then write (burn) the ISO file to the optical disc, via the command-line interface:
- Within Microsoft Windows
- ensure the optical disc is located inside its drive
- ensure that the B.I.O.S. is configured to follow the correct boot sequence (read Appendix 3 below)
- shutdown the computer and ensure that the computer is switched off
- switch on the computer
When shutting down Puppy GNU/Linux for the first time one will be given the option to create a personal storage save file with the option of selecting its preferred location.
When the computer re-starts it should load (start) the operating system. If it does not load ensure to follow the instructions from Appendices 1, 2 and 3.
When running Puppy GNU/Linux from optical disc any additional software or data may be written to one's personal save file located on any partition. If such data is desired to be stored on the same optical disc from which one is running the operating system then one would need to create a special MultiSessionLiveDVD.
- use high-quality DVD+RW optical discs, which are rewritable, such as the Verbatim brand
- D.V.D. has a superior specification to C.D.
- e.g., DVD+RW optical discs do not require blanking
- optical disc archiving:
wget command, e.g.:
wget -c /puppy-version-location/puppy-version.iso
(If wget is not used then one should verify its integrity by verifying its MD5 or SHA checksum). This ISO file may then be written to a blank optical disc using a particular software program. It is by booting up with this disc in the optical disc drive that one can run and use Puppy Linux.
Being able to boot from a live D.V.D. also means that it itself may be used to boot the computer when it is not possible to do so with a flash memory drive or hard disk drive: the computer boots from the bootloader on the optical disc but loads the frugal save file (or operating system) from either the flash memory drive or hard disk drive.
Booting with pmedia=cd, Puppy only searches optical drives for vmlinuz and the main sfs (and zdrv).
...correction, the above is true if boot with 'pfix=ram'.
Otherwise, searches optical for vmlinuz, but hd and optical for main .sfs (and zdrv)."