I followed a "HowTo" for the Ubuntu flavor on creating a LiveCD/DVD from my local Linux installation here:
How to make a live CD/DVD from your harddisk installation - Ubuntu Forums
However, I cannot seem to find anything like this for OpenSUSE. Since OpenSUSE is quite a bit different than Ubuntu, I thought I should ask the gurus for help...you!
Why am I wanting to do this? Well, my work computer runs OpenSUSE with all kinds of different software packages installed. My configuration files (.toolrc, .cshrc, .vimrc etc etc) are stored on a network drive, so I am not worried about those. I AM however trying to backup my local install so that if (when) my HDD takes a dump it is somewhat easy to restore and I don't have to reinstall all of the .rpms.
I'd like to configure the "backup file" as a LiveCD ISO so that if my machine itself dies (its a pretty old box) I don't have to worry about ghosting the image back to a HDD connected to an identical system.
Maybe I am thinking about this the wrong way, and using dd would be fine even if changing systems?
Thanks for helping the n00b, please be delicate in your response. I've been trolled many times on this forum and it's not fun.