Originally posted by ChibiArt
It is optimised for any Pentium-class computer of any speed with at least 64 megs of RAM. At the other end of the spectrum, it runs flawlessly on an Opteron 64. It was originally designed for a special computer system called the mini-ITX but it runs on nearly anything.
"The simplicity with the attention to the most used applications in a very minimal but elegant manner has so bowled me over."
That means it will run on about 75% of the personal computers in the world. You download it, burn it to CD, read less than a page of instructions and you no longer need Microsoft Windows for the majority of things that a majority of people do in the real world with a computer.
"The question is, Does it work? And the answer is a resounding YES!"
- Aditya Nag, Linux Times
BeatrIX is now in use in more 120 countries on every continent on Earth. It has been downloaded in excess of 200,000 times (More than 70,000 copies were downloaded in January alone.) and is one of the fastest-growing software packages in the world, in use from Afghanistan to Zaire.
"But what's the one live CD to carry around with you, not only to wow your friends, but to do actual work quickly and efficiently: BeatrIX."
Sounbds like what your after (I only skimmed).
I downloaded Beatrix yesterday to experiment with it and it seems pretty good for the light weight obsolete retro computers I was thinking about in my original,
though I've only really tried it on my modern 1.5 gig RAM 1.8 ghz fairly modern machine as a Live CD,
it seems sufficiently lightweight if I were to promote computers to underdeveloped low technology areas of the world that need all that.
Still there's a lot of things about Linux that are such an absolute struggle for me for maximum compatibility in minimum gratifying time,
even with the Knoppix state of the art advanced hardware detectors, . . . . and all that,
The multimedia audio and video viewing programs don't always immediately load or run a bunch of Windows Media, Real Player Media, iTunes media content off the internet very well.
I HAVE YET to find a distro that immediately detects a printer connected to my own PC or at a public network. That would be cool if there was a way to instantly recognize printers on a network.
I'm dreaming of a Versatile travelling Live Distro that will install and run off those little 512 to 1 gig thumb drive, or other external storage devices that plug discretely plug into USB orofices, since some public libraries no longer have CD ROM drives . Circumvent any BIOS passwords would be a nice skill too. Any thing to get connected efficiently, considering I don't have wireless laptop.
I think I'll start another topic questioning an ultimate travelling distro for someone who lives rough and travels and may need to correspond to someone in an emergency with it.