Is there any Linux distribution with preinstalled NVIDIA CUDA support that could be launched from a live CD/USB drive?
Dotsch/UX is one.
Dotsch/UX - A USB/Diskless/Harddisk BOINC Ubuntu Linux Distribution
The purpose is to make a Linux distribution for BOINC which easily installs and boot from a USB stick, hard disk and from diskless clients and also has some interfaces to setup the diskless server and the clients automatically.
BOINC Client : The BOINC client comes pre installed and would be started as daemon and would be monitored and kept alive from this daemon. Dotsch/UX 1.0 includes the BOINC client 6.2.15. Dotsch/UX 1.1 includes the BOINC client 6.4.5 for CUDA support.
Asked 5 years, 10 months ago
Is there any [live] Linux distribution with preinstalled NVIDIA CUDA support
no, not even for a regular [non-live] distribution such as RHEL, CentOS, Fedora, SuSE/SLES, Ubuntu, and so on.
Nvidia drivers, and CUDA which is nvidia proprietary, while free to obtain, would probably never be preinstalled in linux, nor Microsoft Windows for that matter, if not because of licensing and software legal matters but simply wouldn't make any business sense for either a linux distribution or nvidia to include a nvidia/cuda driver version because things move so fast... do you install nvidia off cd that came with that hardware or go online to get the latest version?
For linux the generic nvidia driver is
nouveau and that's what's it's been for the last 10 years, I don't see that ever changing; maybe specifically inquire with RHEL, SuSE, Ubuntu specifically if you want an official answer and technical reason.