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Old 03-02-2007, 10:46 PM   #1
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Which Distros have LiveCDs?


I am fed up with trying to install ubuntu 6.10 LiveCD. If you can help, I get to the splash screen and it freezes with a corrupt line of what looks like a part of a window. All I want to do is try Ubuntu/linux on LiveCD because I not sure yet if im ready to install it completely.

What other Distros do you recommend which have LiveCDs so I can try them out and see if I like it. I am a noob to linux so recommend user friendly ones please. So make a list from friendly to experienced.

thank you
 
Old 03-03-2007, 04:37 AM   #2
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PCLinuxOS,
Mandriva,
Suse [ I think ]
Xandros

most distributions have a live cd version.
check out Distrowatch for a very complete listing of distributions.

I would personally recommend PCLinuxOS over any other distro for newcomers to linux, it is a Debian based distribution, with Mandriva's excellent GUI tools for configuration and administration tasks.
The livecd is reliable, and I have seen it support both older hardware than recommended and brand new multicore 64 bit systems.
I have heard that PCLinuxOS actually has BETTER support for wireless network cards than even the *buntu group if distros.
[ after install on hard drive, open the admin tools and click add new network interface, it has been reported to find wireless nics, install and configure them correctly as soon as you do so. This is actually a far easier wireless support than any other distribution that I know of. ]

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Old 03-03-2007, 05:10 AM   #3
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If you're looking for a user friendly distribution that just works well, I'll second the recommendation for PCLinuxOS.

And I can verify the part about wireless. The PCLinuxOS 2007 Test Release 2 is the first distribution that works with WPA on my laptop, and I didn't have to do anything except for pick my SSID and enter the WPA password. I had spent countless hours getting WPA to work with Linux before, and could never connect, so I had to use WEP, but 2007 made it literally a matter of seconds to connect with WPA.

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Old 03-03-2007, 03:58 PM   #4
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The LiveCD List
http://www.livecdlist.com/

PCLinuxOS would be a much better place to start than Ubuntu. That said there are hundreds of LiveCDs to play around with.

Another good choice would be Sidux

Puppy is a very lightweight distro that works well on most hardware.

If I had to choose livecds those would be my choices in that order.
 
Old 03-03-2007, 04:37 PM   #5
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Kubuntu
http://www.kubuntu.org/


Mandriva
http://www.mandriva.com/community/mandrivaone


PCLinuxOS .92
http://ftp.nluug.nl/pub/metalab/dist...glish/preview/
ftp://ftp.nluug.nl/pub/metalab/distr...glish/preview/

This is the distro I use and recommend, Why because it works right out of the box. No need to configure Everything, everything just works. It also comes as a 1 CD install that is a live CD that you can install later if you wish.

Mephis
http://www.mepis.org/

DSL
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

Puppy Linux
http://www.puppylinux.org/user/viewpage.php?page_id=3

SLAX Live CD
http://www.slax.org/

BeaFanatIX
http://bea.cabarel.com/

Elive:
http://www.elivecd.org/

Luit Linux
http://luitlinux.sarovar.org/
 
Old 03-03-2007, 08:57 PM   #6
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PCLinuxOS 2007 has my vote for first choice,
even if it is test release #1.

MyahOS and Vector Linux are my next choices.
I have all three on this computer right now
and I am having a problem figuring out which
one I like the best.

These three, are live CD's that I installed
on the hard drive after really checking to see
they are compatible with my hardware.


Simply Mepis is also a good choice for a live
CD but it doesn't seem to like my hardware.
 
Old 03-03-2007, 11:22 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by elitelinuxnoob
I am fed up with trying to install ubuntu 6.10 LiveCD. If you can help, I get to the splash screen and it freezes with a corrupt line of what looks like a part of a window.
I'm working with Ubuntu LiveCD also. During installation, I got what looked like a Windows dialog progress bar during install that appeared slightly corrupted. But that went away when it was finished and everything was fine. I'm thinking there is a problem with the Ubuntu display driver(s) or something. Of course, mine didn't freeze like you say yours did.
 
Old 03-03-2007, 11:57 PM   #8
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AFAIC the best live CD is still Knoppix.
 
Old 03-04-2007, 06:00 AM   #9
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2damncommon,

it's the second one, so one of the oldest.
I do beleive that the op was wanting to install onto the hard drive after testing the distro for compatability with his [ or her ] hardware, which as far as I know, Knoppix and Gnoppix don't support.
[ the install to hard drive part ]
 
Old 03-04-2007, 08:16 AM   #10
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1. It's "Mepis", actually "MEPIS" -- 5 letters, 1 'M', no 'h'.

2. Knoppix can be installed, at least it used to be; but I have always looked at it as primarily a live CD.

3. The SimplyMEPIS CD is multi-purpose: hardware test, tryout, install, repair (of MEPIS installs), & general rescue.

Not to put Knoppix down, it's a wonderful diagnostic & rescue tool; however, the last time I did a paid rescue I took both it & MEPIS, but I used MEPIS. (Unfortunately I forget exactly why, some convenience issue, I believe.)
 
Old 03-04-2007, 12:29 PM   #11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jaqui
it's the second one, so one of the oldest.
I do beleive that the op was wanting to install onto the hard drive after testing the distro for compatability with his [ or her ] hardware, which as far as I know, Knoppix and Gnoppix don't support.
[ the install to hard drive part ]
I believe you are correct about the OPs wishes.
It looks like he tried the Ubuntu live CD and then decided to install it. It is not really clear if "I get to the splash screen and it freezes with a corrupt line of what looks like a part of a window" refers to the live CD not booting or the attempted install.
Knoppix does allow for hard drive install. It is taylor made as a live CD and I really recommend it for that and not so much to follow up with installation.
Knoppix is really the second oldest? I know Yggdrasil install CD could run live, and I thought I ran the Slackware live disk before I heard of Knoppix.

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Old 03-04-2007, 12:32 PM   #12
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Sorry, dup post.
 
Old 03-04-2007, 12:47 PM   #13
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Just go to distrowatch.com, and in the search box, type in liveCD. Their listing of more than 100 distros will turn up all livecds available.
 
  


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