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Not really. Yes, we certainly do have a lot more options available now, but almost everything available as a bootable usb or DVD is also available as a CD.
These varieties are not equal. DVD or USB-Flash have much bigger amount of memory available (currently 4-8 Gb on DVD, 1-8 Gb on USB Flash) and therefore can offer much more feature-rich distros than old good ancient CD's.
CDs provide a level of portability that the others just can't.
Generally I was not talking about portability things at all. What I mentioned was that while historically Live CD's were the first ones of this kind of distros, now IMHO it is not necessary anymore to narrow Live distro category to just LiveCD.
What's wrong with simply calling them "Live distros" meaning that they are ready to work without any additional installation process? Being physically on CD is not essential for this classification
Hard to say. I like Kubuntu a lot, but I'd go for Mandriva One 2007. More stuff worked out of the box, has better translation into Slovenian language and Mandriva is the first Live distribution where XGL and 3D desktop worked out of the box. Not to mention a new version of Mandriva, that is available on USB key.
i voted for knoppix since its what i have been using mostly. but gentoo is better since all my seniors prefer it and gentoo (not the live one) i think is the coolest OS once you configure and install it right. i have heard you can two-fold your machine performance if you configure gentoo right while u install. i dunno the facts since i have never installed one, but i am as soon as i get my hands on a new machine. heh.