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Is there any .iso linux image distro that boots into console and not into x?

I just want to run some simple linux commands like ethtool

alternatively, I would like any boot cd that let me test the physical connection of a NIC.

Thanks.

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Knoppix will do it with the knoppix-txt kernel boot label. See Knoppix Cheat Codes.

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Most Linux Live Distributions provide an option to boot into text mode.

Here is a good option for sysadmins.

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