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I love PCLinuxOS - as a live CD and installed. A few versions ago OpenOffice.org wasn't on the LiveCD, which made it less useful for real work. Now it's back, I'm happy. I also use it to back up people's Windows drives (no silly "file is in use" messages), to feel more at home on other people's computers, for partitioning, for restoring a messed up grub or lilo, for browsing - it's amazing how often it recognises a wireless card from first boot, and to show off Linux - something I'm planning to do a lot this year as a business.
I'm hanging out for the next version, which is hopefully not too far away.
One of my LiveCD requirements is HW detection, of course.
Mepis 6.0 gives me a good screen resolution automatically as well as fairly easy wireless connectivity. The choice of root or guest GUI login makes it both a tool and a toy --suitable for all ages & skill levels.
Runners up: MyahOS - logs me onto my wireless network without configuring at all! But it lacks some of the tools Mepis has.
Sabayon 3.2 LiveDVD -gorgeous, and even gives my laptop it's native 1280x800 automatically! But it can't get an Intel Pro2200 BG wireless connection going. . . And it locked up on me, forcing a denial-of-power to shut it off.
PCLinuxOS-BigDaddy - about a tie with Mepis, to be honest. Love the look, does the wireless automatically like Myah, has good selection of tools. But I am more familiar with Mepis, so Mepis wins.
As Editor in Chief of the PCLinuxOS Magazine (mag (dot) mypclinuxos (dot) com) I may be a bit prejudiced, but after two years and more than 100 distros installed (or not in some cases), I settled on PCLinuxOS and haven't looked back. There are many other good distros, but this one meets ALL of my needs, and the forum is by far the friendliest I encountered during my long search for a Linux replacement for that other OS.
If you haven't tried it, please do and see if it meets your needs as it does mine. And hang loose, as 0.94 is due out soon.
(Even if you don't install/use PCLinuxOS, check out our magazine. You might find something useful there.)
I have converted more people with my sabayon disk than any other livecd. I work for a communications company, and while troubleshooting internet problems, I toss in Sabayon. I get more ooohs and aaaahhhs with the beryl cube flying around. It's eye candy, yes. But it's perty.