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I want to give a tutorial/training type seminar on Linux. I also want to demonstrate certain Linux specific software with audience participation (on their own machines).

What is the best way to go about this? I have a Linux installation on my laptop with all the software, tools, etc that I want to demo. How do I easily create a bootable image (that I could run from a USB stick) from my existing install? (FYI: Live CD version does not have all the software [some of it is custom s/w] that I want to present)

Also, one other thing I thought of was having them VNC into my laptop while I'm presenting. Though I would have to test to see if it can handle 20 odd users.

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Imho, the best way is to create image for virtual machine and ask all participants to install virtual box/kvm/etc (it's better to use platform independent solution) on their machine before seminar. In that case:

  • you can do whatever you want with virtual machine without any influence on host machine.
  • it works faster, than LiveCD (but only in case you have hardware virtualization support)
  • participant can practice after seminar is finished
  • there is no need in cdrom (a lot of modern laptops don't have it)
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This is a good idea. Thanks ! – r1x Mar 6 '13 at 13:30

Create a custom LiveCD/LiveDVD with the software you require, for e.g. Fedora the instructions are here. You can also put it on an USB stick.

I'm sure users knowledgeable in other distributions will chime in and add links to instructions tailored to their favorite.

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They could also take the DVD home with them. – goldilocks Mar 4 '13 at 13:42

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