How to get Ubuntu Live running

This article described how to boot Ubuntu from a bootable CD without installing anything on the harddrive. It is meant for the many users of my script that described how to adjust the fan thresholds of a Dell PowerEdge.

Step 1
Download Ubuntu and burn it on a CD. The latest version with 32-bit will do fine.

Step 2
Boot from the CD and select “Try Ubuntu” (don’t install for obvious reasons). This allows you to try Ubuntu without installing anything. You can find more detailed instructions on the download page.

Ubuntu Search Menu

Step 3
After Ubuntu booted, click on the Ubuntu button on the top left. A search menu as seen on the right should open.

Step 4
Type “terminal” into the search box. Ubuntu should give you an icon for the corresponding application. Click on it to start the terminal.

Screenshot of the terminal


Step 5
You should now have a console prompt open. Type the following into the prompt to install the dependencies required for the script:

sudo apt-get install freeipmi freeipmi-tools openipmi ipmitool python wget

This should install the software necessary to query your server using IPMI. IPMI is a protocol for server management. See this link for more information regarding IPMI on Ubuntu.

That’s it! You can continue here: How to adjust the fan thresholds of a Dell PowerEdge.

13 thoughts on “How to get Ubuntu Live running

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  2. Hey there, i`ve got a problem to use the terminal in ubuntu.
    I follow the steps in the description up to Step 4. But if i click on terminal, nothing happens. Where is the Problem?
    My System
    Poweredge 2800
    3,4Ghz
    4GB Ram (2x2GB)
    no installed SCSI

    I tested the 32bit and the 64bit Version from Ubuntu.
    So please help! :)

    • That’s … unexpected. Seems to be a problem with Ubuntu or the mouse. Try maybe another version of Ubuntu (12.04 for example). Alternatively, you can try to drag the icon into the bar on your left. Then, click the icon in the bar. Apart from that, I think I can’t help you.

  3. Hey Ho,
    i will test the system without a mouse and Version 12.04
    I try the version with the left bar still, but there was no other effect.
    I still use a usb Mouse and Keyboard.

  4. Looks like there’s typo in the command. “freeimpi” should be “freeipmi.” Also on my system (Ubuntu 13.04) it’s “ipmitool” not “ipmitools.”

    Awesome job documenting everything! I’ve upgraded the fans and am in the process of changing the fan thresholds on my PE2950. Thanks!

  5. Trying to apply your hack on 12.04 LTS 32bit only response is:
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install freeipmi freeipmi-tools openipmi ipmitool python wget
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package freeipmi
    E: Unable to locate package freeipmi-tools
    E: Unable to locate package ipmitool
    I have everything ready to fans swapped out booted to ubuntu but no luck installing ipmi :(

    • Read through the comments – others have already mentioned that this info is outdated. It’s not strictly required for the hack, it’s just for checking that everything is ok. You can omit it if necessary.

  6. Sadly it seems as though ipmitool is no longer available as part of the Ubuntu 14 TLS sources.
    its kinda frustrating. I’ve found the source code, but I have no idea how to compile it and make it usable.

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