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.
Knoppix will do it with the knoppix-txt kernel boot label. See Knoppix Cheat Codes.
Most Linux Live Distributions provide an option to boot into text mode.
Here is a good option for sysadmins.