You can mount DVD / CD iso images using loop module under Linux (Sun Solaris UNIX user can try out lofiadm command) . It would be good idea to increase the number of loop filesystems allowed to be mounted simultaneously by adding the following line to /etc/modprobe.conf file: Task: Set maximum number of loop devices [...]
An ISO image is an archive file (disk image) of an optical disc using a conventional ISO (International Organization for Standardization) format. ISO image files typically have a file extension of .ISO. The name “ISO” is taken from the ISO 9660 file system used with CD-ROM media, but an ISO image can also contain UDF file system because UDF is backward-compatible to ISO 9660.
You can mount an ISO images via the loop device under Linux. It is possible to specify transfer functions (for encryption/decryption or other purposes) using loop device.
But, how do you mount an ISO image under Linux? You need to use mount command as follows: