I am currently running a Debian based distribution however would like to run an alternative LiveCD whilst I am logged in.
- Is that possible?
- How can I do so?
The concept is known as "virtualisation", and you would run the Livecd as a guest "virtual machine".
On a Linux (like Debian) host, I suggest Virtualbox, KVM/qemu or Vmware (closed source). Xen is commonly used in more dedicated setups for production servers, as it intrudes a great deal into the host, or "physical" operating system. Bochs is a traditional solution, but it does not use modern processor features that speed up other solutions dramatically.
I'm certain at least a few of these suggestions have nice packages in the Debian repositories, so you can install them with
If you just wanted to have a command line that can act like it was booted from some live disk, you might get away with just mounting the disk and everything in it's