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For me I would have to say the livecd that I built myself Rhino Desktop Linux based on slackware 11, it runs KDE, clamav/klamav for fixing those special machines that seem to have problems with virii all the time. Has squashfs, unionfs and loopAES encryption support in the kernel, and is around 580mb, just the right size to fit on a cdrom. Has a graphical installer, although having a few problems with the installation at the moment.
But since mine is not on the list I would have to say Knoppix would definetely be a second runner up for me.
I would have to say Damn Small Linux,because thats the only distro that will work on my lapop.All the others would boot and partially work,but DML is the only one that works out of the box. I oould'nt even get ubuntu to work.
So far, Suse Linux is the only version I've found that I don't have to go out and d/l additional software in order to get my basic servers up and running. I use my suse box to manage a basic home network comprised of both linux and windooze machines. I've tried other distributions, but with them I've always had to go out and d/l sendmail, pop, or some other software required to get the functionality I required for my basic network needs!
Puppy just keeps getting better, faster, and with loads of derivatives. I've tried to re-install windows XP and it has been more hassle than Puppy!
Only reason I'm putting XP back on is for Dragon dictate when I have to do large amounts of typing (I have RSI), everything else is Puppy.
I would have to say Sabayon. It's based off of Gentoo, which, besides Arch, is the greatest distro ever! IMO. XGL/Compiz right out of the box with automatic GFX card detection. Plus, it has a BUNCH of included APPS and a great installer!
As someone who was on the road and got the BSOD, a live Linux CD was the only thing that got me out of trouble (It was Knoppix 3.2). Since then, I evaluate Live CD's carefully, the sole criteria being to be able to boot up and get on the net with mail etc.
Allowing for the fact that I am using a laptop, many of the live CD's are a total failure - hanging up, kernel panic, freezing etc. This list includes anything Slackware and Gentoo based, including Sabayon. Even some Debian based distros - Dreamlinux for one -just doesn't work.
What does qualify
Knoppix, PCLinuxOS, Mepis (although as the release numbers increase so does the problems), although even the "qualifyers" now seem to forget PCMCIA support.
I'll stick to last years live CD's thanks - PCLinuxOS 9 and Knoppix 4!