Create WeBWorK LiveDVD

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Instructions for creating WeBWorK-LiveDVD

Note that the resulting .iso image can be used to create both a bootable LiveDVD and a bootable Live USB flash memory stick

  1. Download the ubuntu live CD
  2. Install following the standard directions with the following options
    1. Don't partition disks separately (it doesn't matter for the Live DVD)
    2. User name: wwadmin
    3. login: wwadmin
    4. password: wwadmin
    5. Computer name: wwserver

Follow install directions

  1. except do not install openssh-server (this has to be installed after the LiveDVD installation since it fails if it's part of the LiveDVD)
  2. set password for MySQL (wwadmin)
  3. add practice users and jsmith/jsmith to myTestCourse

Read about PinguyBuilder (from

Install PinguyBuilder in Ubuntu

sudo dpkg -i package_name.deb


  1. sudo find / -name *~ -print
  2. Clear Firefox data, logs

Remove openssh-server if installed

Unser settings

  1. LIVEUSER "wwadmin"
  2. LIVECDLABEL "WeBWorK Live DVD Demo"
  3. CUSTOMISO "WW2.4_Ubuntu9.10_Vanilla_LiveDVD.iso"

Now create the iso file

The iso file and md5 sum is in /home/PinguyBuilder/PinguyBuilder to burn: right click on file and select write to disk