Build an ISO Hybrid Live Image

A Live ISO image is a system on a removable media, e.g CD/DVD or USB stick. Once built and deployed it boots off from this media without interferring with other system storage components. A useful pocket system for testing and demo and debugging purposes.

The following example shows how to build a live ISO image based on openSUSE Leap:

  1. Make sure you have checked out the example image descriptions, see Example Appliance Descriptions.

  2. Build the image with KIWI:

    $ sudo kiwi-ng --type iso system build \
         --description kiwi-descriptions/suse/x86_64/suse-leap-42.1-JeOS \
         --target-dir /tmp/myimage

    Find the image with the suffix .iso below /tmp/myimage.

  3. Test the live image with QEMU:

    $ qemu -cdrom LimeJeOS-Leap-42.1.x86_64-1.42.1.iso -m 4096

After the test was successful, the image is complete and ready to use. See Deploy ISO Image on an USB Stick for further information.