MariaDB Debian Live Images

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A member of the MariaDB community, Mark <ms (at) it-infrastrukturen (dot) org>, has created some Debian "squeeze" 6.0.4 based, live iso images with MariaDB 5.2 or 5.3 pre-installed on them and some Debian "squeeze" 6.0.5 based, live iso images with MariaDB 5.5 pre-installed on them.

These live and install images can be used to quickly run a MariaDB server in live mode for learning or testing purposes, or to simplify and speed up off-line installations of Debian-based MariaDB servers onto harddisk.

To work in live mode the system boots from a usb stick (or CD/DVD) and runs in RAM without touching the system's harddisk drive.

The same usb stick (or CD/DVD media) can be used to install a complete server installation onto the harddisk drive using the included Debian installer.

All required MariaDB packages are included on the media, so there is no need for an Internet connection.

Three types of images are provided, text (command line), LXDE, and Gnome. The text-based live images can be used for testing or server off-line installations. The two gui types, LXDE and Gnome, can be used for testing/learning in live mode or for off-line desktop installations. Debian live images with LXDE (gnome, KDE or awesome) are pretty comfortable for daily work as a replacement for whatever desktop OS is installed on on the system.

There are three iso images for each type, one for 32-bit (i386) systems, one for 64-bit (amd64) systems, and one with both.

  1. MariaDB 5.2 Live iso images (text) for i386, amd64 or multi architectures.
  1. MariaDB 5.3 Live iso images (text) for i386, amd64 or multi architectures.
  1. MariaDB 5.3 Live iso images with LXDE for i386, amd64 or multi architectures.
  1. MariaDB 5.3 Live iso images with Gnome for i386, amd64 or multi architectures.
  1. MariaDB 5.5 Live images
  1. MariaDB 5.5 Live images demonstration video

The LXDE and Gnome images contain documentation under /srv/PDF. Including instructions on how to create your own Debian live images in live mode (you need 16GB RAM or more to be able to do this). See the README,, and live-manual.en.pdf files under /srv/PDF for details.

Note: Some HP notebooks are not able to boot binary hybrid iso images from a USB stick.


To get the iso images you can use rsync:

rsync -avP rsync://<image_or_file_name_as_above> .

or just use the links above (or go to: ).

Preparing of bootable media:

A USB stick or CD/DVD can be used as bootable media. The preferred way is a USB stick.

  • for Linux: dd if=./<image_name_as_above.iso> of=/dev/<USB-stick-ID_like_sdb_or_sdc>
  • for other systems: cygwin includes dd and some other linux/Unix tools.

The iso images have been successfully tested on:

  • Acer ASPIRE @ne netbooks (1GB RAM)
  • ThinkPad T60p and T61p notebooks (2 or 4GB RAM)
  • Xeon E31270 / Asus P8BWS desktop (16GB ECC RAM)
  • AMD FX-4100 / Asus M5A99X EVO desktop (16GB ECC RAM)
  • HP DL385g7 Opteron 6170SE or 6180SE servers (32 or 64GB ECC RAM)


It is possible to add some options on the bootline for special purposes like, for example, the installation of additional packages from a local repository on the image or assigning a static IP address and running sshd.

  1. To configure a static IP use "ip=". For example: "ip=eth0:"
    • The full format of "ip=" is: "ip=[interface]:[IP_address]:[netmask]:[gateway]"
  1. If you use an empty "ip=" value the content of /etc/network/interfaces and /etc/resolv.conf will be used. Without the "ip=" option, dhcp will be used to get an IP address.
  1. For installing and running sshd (so that the image can act as a server in a test environment) use: "sshd=on"
    • The live user is "sql" and the password is "live". Please change the password immediately after first login!
  1. Depending on the image MariaDB 5.2 or 5.3 server is installed. There is no root passord for the database set so please set a password immediately after first login!
  1. Run to activate local repositories on the image for apt-get (for off-line installations) or for internet repositories.
  1. The binary hybrid live iso images with multiple-choices inside the boot menu allow for the assignment of two different IPs. (e.g. for testing of clustered database operations)

Send any feedback or suggestions related to these images to:

  • Mark <ms (at) it-infrastrukturen (dot) org>


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