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    Can you suggest Linux installable distro with non-persistent sessions?

    Hello,

    I wanted to ask if you can, please, suggest security distro that is the closest to what I try to find. I have read about many distros and tried some of those but haven't found what I'm looking for.

    I need system that can be installed on hard disc (encrypted) and enable two accounts, persistent and non-persistent one.


    For non-persistent one I can use for example Tails (which is very good but does not support OpenVPN which is my other requirement). That would be too inconvenient to restart main operating system (installed on HDD) and boot from pendrive whenever I want to have non-persistent session.

    That would be much better if I could, e.g. start PC from Linux installed on my PC and then either log to persistent account (standard one) or non-persistent which would meet several requirements:

    1. supports OpenVPN
    2. does not save anything on the disc at all (or securely erases content from crypto swap at the end of its session)
    3. supports installation of software on non-persistent session (either to RAM or to crypto swap). (That would be advantage if it could support per-installing chosen set of software before running non-persistent session, so that it does not have to be reinstalled every time I enter non-persistent session. In that case I could also preconfigure for example kill switch firewall functionality etc.).

    Is there anything you could possibly recommend?

    Thanks!

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    Do not know about VPN but my favorite Distro is AntiX 15
    http://antix.freeforums.org/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=5697

    I know they are adding stuff and using snapshot to make new ISOs with the program in it and when it is installed on the thumbdrive, do not add the persistent and it will dump everything when shutdown.

    The MX-14 is good too.
    Browse the forum, might even join it
    http://antix.freeforums.org/index.php

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    Booted this old thing and did a inxi for you to see. Yes, I have not upgrade from the Beta yet.

    Code:
    inxi -Fxz
    System:    Host: antix15 Kernel: 4.0.4-antix.1-486-smp i686 (32 bit gcc: 4.9.2)
               Desktop: IceWM 1.3.8
               Distro: antiX-15-beta3-V_386-full Killah P 31 May 2015
    Machine:   System: Dell product: Latitude D630
               Mobo: Dell model: 0WM416 Bios: Dell v: A07 date: 01/30/2008
    CPU:       Dual core Intel Core2 Duo T9300 (-MCP-) cache: 6144 KB
               flags: (lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 9971
               clock speeds: max: 2501 MHz 1: 1600 MHz 2: 2000 MHz
    Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA G86M [Quadro NVS 135M] bus-ID: 01:00.0
               Display Server: X.Org 1.16.4 drivers: nouveau (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
               Resolution: 1440x900@60.00hz
               GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on NV86
               GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 10.3.2 Direct Rendering: Yes
    Audio:     Card Intel 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller
               driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
               Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.0.4-antix.1-486-smp
    Network:   Card-1: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5755M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express
               driver: tg3 v: 3.137 bus-ID: 09:00.0
               IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter>
               Card-2: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection
               driver: iwl3945 v: in-tree:s bus-ID: 0c:00.0
               IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter>
    Drives:    HDD Total Size: 120.0GB (4.6% used)
               ID-1: /dev/sda model: TOSHIBA_MK1234GS size: 120.0GB
    Partition: ID-1: / size: 108G used: 3.3G (4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
               ID-2: swap-1 size: 2.17GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda2
    Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 33.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 54.0
               Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
    Info:      Processes: 133 Uptime: 1 min Memory: 125.3/1003.7MB
               Init: SysVinit runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 4.9.2
               Client: Shell (bash 4.3.301) inxi: 2.2.26
    About 25 MB of the ram usage is the wireless.

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    inxi -Fxz
    System: Host: antix15 Kernel: 4.0.5-antix.1-486-smp i686 (32 bit gcc: 4.9.2)
    Desktop: IceWM 1.3.8
    Distro: antiX-15-V_386-full Killah P 30 June 2015
    Machine: System: Hewlett-Packard product: HP Compaq nc6120 (PT596AA#ABA) v: F.03
    Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 099C v: KBC Version 39.18
    Bios: Hewlett-Packard v: 68DTD Ver. F.03 date: 02/25/2005
    CPU: Single core Intel Pentium M (-UP-) cache: 2048 KB
    flags: (nx pae sse sse2) bmips: 3733 speed: 1867 MHz (max)
    Graphics: Card: Intel Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller
    bus-ID: 00:02.0
    Display Server: X.Org 1.16.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
    Resolution: 1400x1050@60.02hz
    GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 915GM x86/MMX/SSE2
    GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 10.3.2 Direct Rendering: Yes
    Audio: Card Intel 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC'97 Audio Controller
    driver: snd_intel8x0 ports: 2100 2200 bus-ID: 00:1e.2
    Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.0.5-antix.1-486-smp
    Network: Card-1: Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2] Network Connection
    driver: ipw2200 v: 1.2.2kmprq bus-ID: 02:04.0
    IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter>
    Card-2: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5705M_2 Gigabit Ethernet
    driver: tg3 v: 3.137 bus-ID: 02:0e.0
    IF: eth1 state: down mac: <filter>
    Drives: HDD Total Size: 60.0GB (8.0% used)
    ID-1: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD600VE size: 60.0GB
    Partition: ID-1: / size: 18G used: 2.6G (16%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
    ID-2: swap-1 size: 2.18GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda2
    Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 61.0C mobo: 48.0C
    Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
    Info: Processes: 111 Uptime: 3 min Memory: 209.3/743.6MB
    Init: SysVinit runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 4.9.2
    Client: Shell (bash 4.3.301) inxi: 2.2.25

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    Another antique.

    Code:
    inxi -Fxz
    System:    Host: antix15 Kernel: 4.0.5-antix.1-486-smp i686 (32 bit gcc: 4.9.2)
               Desktop: IceWM 1.3.8
               Distro: antiX-15-V_386-full Killah P 30 June 2015
    Machine:   System: Dell product: Latitude D630
               Mobo: Dell model: 0WM416 Bios: Dell v: A07 date: 01/30/2008
    CPU:       Dual core Intel Core2 Duo T9300 (-MCP-) cache: 6144 KB
               flags: (lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 9972
               clock speeds: max: 2501 MHz 1: 1600 MHz 2: 1600 MHz
    Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA G86M [Quadro NVS 135M] bus-ID: 01:00.0
               Display Server: X.Org 1.16.4 drivers: nouveau (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
               Resolution: 1440x900@60.00hz
               GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on NV86
               GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 10.3.2 Direct Rendering: Yes
    Audio:     Card Intel 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller
               driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
               Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.0.5-antix.1-486-smp
    Network:   Card-1: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5755M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express
               driver: tg3 v: 3.137 bus-ID: 09:00.0
               IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter>
               Card-2: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection
               driver: iwl3945 v: in-tree:s bus-ID: 0c:00.0
               IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter>
    Drives:    HDD Total Size: 120.0GB (4.2% used)
               ID-1: /dev/sda model: TOSHIBA_MK1234GS size: 120.0GB
    Partition: ID-1: / size: 108G used: 2.8G (3%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
               ID-2: swap-1 size: 2.17GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda2
    Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 39.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 65.0
               Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
    Info:      Processes: 132 Uptime: 1:14 Memory: 419.8/1003.7MB
               Init: SysVinit runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 4.9.2
               Client: Shell (bash 4.3.301) inxi: 2.2.25

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