LiveUSB Multimedia image with OpenBSD - carry your multimedia apps on a memory stick


What is LiveUSB-Multimedia?

It is much easier to use a readymade LiveUSB that can give you quick access to the audio/video playback programs you use with OpenBSD. You have tools like SoX, mplayer,ffmpeg and more.

You can now purchase a preloaded LiveUSB flashdrive from Amazon for just 49.95$

If you wish to have LiveCD/LiveDVD instead, please refer to our other LiveCD-Multimedia project on sourceforge!

This USB image shall not touch your hard disk in any way. All the operations are done in the USB stick and main memory. Nothing will be written to your MBR or boot loaders!


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How to create your own LiveUSB Multimedia with OpenBSD?

Really easy. Watch out. Everything is done with qemu by Fabrice Bellard. Just install that package and blindly follow the instructions below.

                # qemu-img create liveusb-multimedia.img 15625000k

                # qemu-system-x86_64 -hda liveusb-multimedia.img -cdrom install54.iso


That is it! You are ready to dd(1) now. See below.

Creating a LiveCD is more work because you need a read only OS. No such issue with writeable USB memory sticks.


You can login as user live and password live123 The root password is openbsd1729.


These LiveUSB images are based on 5.4 release of OpenBSD made on November 1, 2013.

Xine player

Tools and players

Packages included in this project are given below.

ImageMagick-6.7.7.7p2 image processing tools
atomicparsley-0.9.0p0 read and set MPEG-4/3GPP metadata tags
audiopreview-0.6p2  tool to play previews of audio and video files
avidemux-2.4.4p14   free video editor
avinfo-1.0.a15      utility for audio-video information extraction
ccextractor-0.56    closed caption subtitles extractor
coherence-0.6.6.2p3 UPnP/DLNA media server
colorls-5.3         ls that can use color to display file attributes
curl-7.26.0p3       get files from FTP, Gopher, HTTP or HTTPS servers
devede-3.23.0       video DVDs and CDs creation tool
dvdauthor-0.7.0p1   creates DVD file structures
dvdbackup-0.1.1p3   DVD ripper
dvdcpy-1.0.0p0      copy selected info from DVD
ffmpeg-20130319     audio/video converter and streamer
ffmpeg-php-0.6.0p13 PHP support for FFmpeg
ffmpeg2theora-0.29p1 re-encode many media file formats to Ogg Theora
figlet-2.2.5        generates ASCII banner art
firefox-22.0        Mozilla web browser
get_flash_videos-1.24.20121020 download flash video files from various sites
get_iplayer-2.83    download/stream programmes from BBC iPlayer
gnome-3.8.3p0       GNOME desktop meta-package (base installation)
gnome-session-3.8.2.1p3 GNOME session
gnomebaker-0.6.4p21 CD/DVD authoring application for GNOME
hdhomerun-20110323p0 HDHomeRun Config CLI utility & firmware
kaffeine-0.8.8p11   video player for KDE
kguitar-0.5.1p4     guitar tab editor
lftp-4.4.5          shell-like command line ftp and sftp client
libass-0.10.1       portable ASS/SSA subtitle renderer
libdv-1.0.0p0       Quasar DV codec
libdvdnav-4.2.0p2v0 DVD navigation library
libmatroska-1.3.0   extensible open standard audio/video container library
libmms-0.6.2p0      library for parsing mms:// and mmsh:// type network streams
libmp4v2-1.9.1p0    read and manipulate the MP4 container format
libquicktime-1.2.4p1 library for reading and writing QuickTime files
libreoffice-4.0.4.2v0 multi-platform productivity suite
libtheora-1.1.1p2   open video codec
libvpx-1.1.0p0      Google VP8 video codec
lives-1.0.10p3      video editor and a VJ tool
lsdvd-0.16p2        print information about the content and structure of a DVD
mediatomb-0.12.1p11 UPnP media server
ming-0.4.4          Flash 4/5 movie output library
mjpegtools-2.0.0p0  tools to edit/modify/encode video streams
moovida-1.0.7p9v0   Moovida media center software
mpgtx-1.3.1         command line MPEG audio/video/system file toolbox
mplayer-20130214p4  movie player supporting many formats
mutt-1.5.21p4v0-sasl-sidebar-compressed tty-based e-mail client, development version
oggconvert-0.3.3p2  convert media files to Vorbis, Theora and Dirac
oggz-1.1.1          inspect, edit and validate Ogg files
ogmtools-1.5        ogg mux/demuxer
osd_clock-0.5p2     xosd based clock
p5-AMF-Connection-0.30 AMF client to connect to remote FLEX AIR service
p5-Curses-UI-0.9609 curses based user interface framework for Perl
p5-CursesWidgets-1.997p3 curses(3) based terminal widgets
p5-Data-AMF-0.09    serialize/deserialize Adobe Action Message Format data
p5-Proc-Daemon-0.14 run perl program as a daemon process
p5-Storable-AMF-1.00p0 deserializer for Adobe Action Message Format
p7zip-9.20.1p0      file archiver with high compression ratio
pidgin-2.10.7-gtkspell multi-protocol instant messaging client
postfix-2.11.20130710-sasl2 fast, secure sendmail replacement
pure-ftpd-1.0.36p1-virtual_chroot small, easy to set up, fast and very secure FTP server
qemu-1.5.1          multi system emulator
recordmydesktop-0.3.8.1p5 record desktop sessions to an Ogg-Theora-Vorbis file
regionset-0.1       set region on dvd drives
root-tail-1.2p1     tails a given file anywhere on your X11 root window
schroedinger-1.0.11p0 high-speed Dirac codec
sox-14.4.1          Sound eXchange, the Swiss Army knife of audio manipulation
streamdvd-0.4p0     fast tool to backup video DVDs 'on the fly'
subrip-0.10.0p2     extract subtitles from dvds
swfmill-0.3.1p0     xml2swf and swf2xml processor with import functionalities
swftools-0.9.1p1    SWF manipulation and generation utilities
transcode-1.1.7p3   video stream processing tools
vim-7.3.850-no_x11  vi clone, many additional features
vitunes-2.3p0       curses media indexer and player for vi users
wget-1.14p0         retrieve files from the web via HTTP, HTTPS and FTP
windowmaker-0.92.0p13 window manager that emulates NEXTSTEP(tm)
wmcalclock-1.25p0   wm-dockapp; calendar/clock
wmdate-0.7p2        wm-dockapp; shows the current date
wmmoonclock-1.27p4  wm-dockapp; shows the moon phase
wmtictactoe-1.1.1p1 wm-dockapp; TicTacToe game
wmtimer-2.92p4      wm-dockapp; alarm clock
wmweather-2.4.3p3   wm-dockapp; weather monitor
x264-20130302       free H.264/MPEG-4 AVC encoder
xine-lib-1.2.3      multimedia decoding library
xine-ui-0.99.7p4    multimedia player
xosd-2.2.14         displays text on your screen
xvidcore-1.3.2p2    ISO MPEG-4 compliant video codec
yle-dl-1.4.6        download videos from YLE Areena

You can always add and remove packages with the pkg_add(1) and pkg_delete(1) commands in case my choices do not agree with yours.

Once you download the 7z image, install p7zip and unzip the USB image.

                Install 7zip if not already present.
                # pkg_add p7zip

                Unzip the downloaded image with this command.
                $ 7z e liveusb-miniX.img.7z

Installing LiveUSB to a USB stick on UNIX/Linux

You can burn this image to a USB stick with this command on OpenBSD

                # dd if=liveusb-multimedia.img of=/dev/rsd0c bs=256k

Please be aware that your USB stick could be sd0 .. sdn depending upon in what order you insert into your computer.

You can burn this image to a USB stick with this command on Linux.

                # dd if=liveusb-multimedia.img of=/dev/sdb bs=8192

Please check with dmesg and find out whether your stick is identified as sdb or sdc or whatever else.

Once you write the image you can test the USB stick without rebooting the computer with this qemu command on OpenBSD.

                # qemu-system-x86_64 -usb -hda /dev/rsd0c

Once you find that things work fine you can reboot. You can do something similar on Linux and Windows too.

If you are too lazy to burn it into a USB stick you could run this off a qemu emulator.

                # qemu-system-x86_64 -hda liveusb-multimedia.img

                (If you want full networking you boot with)
        
                # qemu-system-x86_64 -net nic -net tap -hda liveusb-multimedia.img
                

Booting resumes from this point and throws up an xdm screen. Once you login as live you will get the familiar gnome desktop.

In fact the easiest way to use LiveUSB is by burning the ISO of the same project.

Installing LiveUSB to a USB stick on Windows OS

Should you not have access to any UNIX or Linux system you could always use this project to try out OpenBSD by burning to a USB stick from Windows using the free VMWare Player. It is a free download available for those who register on the VMWare website. You also require an ISO image of the LiveCD-OpenBSD project(see above).

Being a GUI tool I am not in a position to detail the process as a bulleted list. However I will guide you briefly and add screenshots when I get time.In case you are curious you could always drop me a mail and I shall respond(mail ID given at bottom of the page).

The idea is to connect to the USB subsystem when you create a new VM and use the downloaded LiveCD-OpenBSD ISO to boot and create a VM which is basically a hard disk image to install the ISO to.

But we instead install to the USB stick. When you create a VM in the final screen you can click at Options and add a USB controller. Then you go to the top menu and Connect to the USB stick in question.

As part of the booting process you will see that OpenBSD actually recognizes the USB stick as yet another hard disk and this happens by disconnecting the stick in the Windows host and connecting it to the OpenBSD guest(this happens automatically).

Now when you run the installer from the CD inside VMWare, you can choose the USB stick instead of the VMWare's hard disk file store as the installer shows the size of the disk to install to. This is bit tricky as my installer does not report the name of the disk. But you should not have much trouble with it. I suggest you always use a VMWare disk image as being very small(since you never use it anyway) like 1G or something and the USB stick you use will be either 4 or 8 Gigabytes. So you can always identify which disk is which from the size reported by the installer. You choose by pressing SPACE bar and then you type TAB followed by ENTER.

Here are screenshots to explain how to install LiveUSB from a Windows machine to a USB stick. If you are familiar with VMWare Player you can go the usual way till the final "Customize Hardware" button and then you have to add the USB controller. Then you can choose to install to USB stick after the CD boots.

VMWare Player LiveUSB

VMWare Player LiveUSB

VMWare Player LiveUSB

VMWare Player LiveUSB

VMWare Player LiveUSB

VMWare Player LiveUSB


Please e-mail girish@gayatri-hitech.com for anything. This USB stick is available on Amazon for just 49.95$.

You can now purchase a preloaded LiveUSB flashdrive from Amazon for just 49.95$


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