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Ok, so let me describe exactly what I want, maybe someone has came across a live CD like what I am looking for.
I tend to travel to places but do not like to take my old laptop, the thing is old, fragile, and heavy. I don't have money for a new one.
However, on my travels there often are computers available all around at the hotels for free use. Most unfortunately, they either run Window$ 98 or Window$ Me ... All I need is usually just to get online and check my mail or to transfer some files on or off my gp2x, or just browse the net. As trivial as these tasks may seem Window$ cannot handle them. Usually the computers are old, very slow, very unstable ... mostly due to Window$. I know I can just run a live CD, but many refuse to boot on old computers, or if they do they run very slow.
On my computers I run Slackware with fluxbox, rox-filer, and the fastest, lightest programs available for each particular task.
I want a live CD that matches these criteria:
- capable of booting on old machines
- compatible with old hardware
- is fast and light (no KDE, GNOME, XFCE and other bloat)
- MUST support dvorak keyboard layout !!! (I believe slax lacks this)
It would also be nice if it was packed with useful programs. I would prefer a live CD not live DVD (for compatibility reasons). I would also like a CD that is 700 MB in size, not 50 MB (DSL) ... that's a waste of space. Yeah, it's great they made a very small distro, too bad most CDs I can buy come in 700 MB size.
So, I want this CD to boot and run fast on 99.9 % of computers I might encounter (think old).
Personally speaking I have found Slax to be excellent for this. You have choice of Fluxbox or KDE as your desktop environment and you can customise to your own personal preference the applications that you have on the LiveCD. No need to have a 700Mb CD either. My customised CD is about 550Mb and has all the essential applications that I need to use on my travels.
I still use Slax 5.1. Although Slax 6.x has been released some of the custom modules are still untested or the ones which were available in Slax 5.x are still available.