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Puppy has got to be a top choice. Its fast, Its simple to learn, the forum is great.Heck it even helped me save the information off a hard drive the so called "Experts" said could not even be accessed, while I was still an absolute newbie.
I chose Ubuntu... coz simply the fact that they'll send it to your door for free impresses many Windows users... they can fool around with it... and if they decide to install it, it really is a breeze :-)
I would have to say Slax, great hardware detection (in my experience anyway), customisable and Slackware based. What more can you want? Joint 2nd place to the granddaddy and grandma of live distros, Knoppix and DSL.
Just discovered Puppy. Can't believe it. Click..BAM! (Loads from ram). It even let me use my LT modem in my Thinkpad and I was on the net! I have a lot to learn so I will be soaking up a lot of information about this distro.
it's the only one that truly caters to the windows migrant. suse is gorgeous and nearly as easy to install, but by no stretch of the imagination as easy to configure. mandriva is easy to install and, to a large extent configure, but trails behind pclos by a wide margin.
the rest are for more experienced users and geeks.
I just thought I would comment about a couple of statements about Puppy Linux being good /aimed at older hardware... while it works well with older hardware puppy is no slouch with the newer stuff either, Barry K and the Dev's of that marvel are doing some real innovative stuff,example 'dynamic driver loading' Check out 2.13 to see what I mean.