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You can now vote for your favorite products of 2006. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends February 18th.


View Poll Results: Live Distribution of the Year
Knoppix 387 26.22%
SimplyMEPIS 82 5.56%
PCLinuxOS 151 10.23%
SLAX 139 9.42%
DamnSmall 107 7.25%
Puppy 100 6.78%
dyne:bolic 11 0.75%
Mandriva One 39 2.64%
DNALinux 4 0.27%
Feather 2 0.14%
Morphix 2 0.14%
Gnoppix 1 0.07%
BeaFanatIX 6 0.41%
Kanotix 21 1.42%
Ubuntu Live 274 18.56%
openSUSE Live 34 2.30%
SabayonLinux 55 3.73%
Gentoo Live 38 2.57%
Fedora Live 23 1.56%
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Old 02-01-2007, 06:52 AM   #121
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knoppix IS THE REAL & ORIGINAL ( wikipedia ) & BEST live 'distro'. Many common users ( most of them used to windows ) afraid to switch to linux are USING linux because of Knoppix. And the new 5.1.1 eye candy with beryl n emerald is really cool man !
Old 02-01-2007, 06:57 AM   #122
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knoppix is the ORIGINAL & BEST live distro. Its the best choice for common peole n newbiews to start with / swith to linux. And the new 5.1.1 eye-candy with beryl n emerald is just cool man
Old 02-01-2007, 10:37 AM   #123
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Surely Knoppix LiveDVD is the best you can get?
Old 02-01-2007, 01:06 PM   #124
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DamnVulnerableLinux as it contains a lot of security apps using DamnSmall as a base, so not listed makes DamnSmall my choice.
Old 02-01-2007, 01:12 PM   #125
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Live Distribution of the Year

The same as my favorite installed distro, Puppy.
Old 02-01-2007, 01:23 PM   #126
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PCLinuxOS is my favorite Live Distribution and my favorite installed distribution as well. I have used Knoppix, Kanotix, Mepis, Vector, Gentoo, Ubuntu, DyneBolic, DreamLinux, and other live distributions, but PCLinuxOs has worked the best for me. It recognizes all my hardware and internet service; has a great Repository of easy to install programs with full dependencies added as well; a constant update of programs; and easy hard disk installation.
Old 02-01-2007, 01:24 PM   #127
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Puppy of course, because it's small and powerful. Plus the people on the forums rock!
Old 02-01-2007, 02:40 PM   #128
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The MEPIS, ma'am, Simply the MEPIS

(W/ apologies to Jack Webb).

Now there is no way I have tried all the candidates; but of the ones that I have, SimplyMEPIS is the only that is equally a live CD & the install media.

I am especially disappointed in the current Ubuntu DVD's in my possession (from review books) because they could have incredibly multi-purpose: Live, Install, & Repair spanning all 4(?) Canonical flavors: Ubuntu itself, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, & Edubuntu. Surely there is enough overlap in the base software required that few packages would have had to be sacrificed to include the stuff that is unique to each flavor or purpose -- sheesh! a DVD holds almost 7 CD's worth of data.

I deal a lot w/ potential converts & SimplyMEPIS is ideal for me to hand out: easy to run live & easy to install when the time comes. It also has distro specific (to itself) repair tools unlike any I have seen elsewhere.
Old 02-01-2007, 06:28 PM   #129
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DSL for live distro, always carry a disc in case I need to connect.
Old 02-01-2007, 06:42 PM   #130
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I went with BeafantIX being that the group made great strides in producing a final LiveCD that blazes even on older hardware. Most LCDs stutter and groan when you try to make use of them. BFX runs almost as smooth as installing it.
Old 02-03-2007, 12:48 AM   #131
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if knoppix can't detect it what's the chance of the others? hmm
Old 02-04-2007, 03:26 AM   #132
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I couldn't even count how many times Knoppix has saved my job.
Old 02-05-2007, 01:53 PM   #133
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Knoppix, Ubuntu (christmas or Ultimate edition), Mandriva One are real good live distros
DSL, puppy are the best on small or aged hardware
Sabayon linux is the real *best* live distro I've seen last year, and I'm using its 32 as well as 64-bit releases for the fun, the amazing graphics as well as for the enormous amount of +++various software it gives to the user in a couple of minutes (GUI as well as console apps like mdadm, etc, etc.)
Old 02-05-2007, 04:39 PM   #134
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I seldom use live distros and therefore have only tried six (two are not listed as choices in the poll): SimplyMEPIS, PCLinuxOS, Puppy, Mandriva One, Mandriva Move, and Linspire Live. All of them except Puppy are comparatively large and slow. That is why Puppy gets my vote. It gets the job done and doesn't kill off your laptop battery by constantly accessing the CD. I also understand that when booting from USB (something I have not yet tried), Puppy minimizes writes, enhancing USB key life.
Old 02-06-2007, 09:47 AM   #135
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I kinda like SLAX to be honest. I have the Kill Bill version and it's fun to use.


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