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2004 Members Choice Awards This forum is for the 2004 Members Choice Awards.
You can now vote for your favorite products of 2004. This is your chance to be heard! Voting closes on February 3rd.


View Poll Results: LiveCD Distribution of the Year
Knoppix 589 57.69%
SimplyMEPIS 100 9.79%
PCLinuxOS 48 4.70%
SLAX 90 8.81%
DamnSmall Linux 58 5.68%
dyne:bolic 10 0.98%
MandrakeMove 41 4.02%
DNALinux 5 0.49%
Feather Linux 3 0.29%
Morphix 17 1.67%
Suse Live 43 4.21%
BeatrIX 5 0.49%
Gnoppix 12 1.18%
Voters: 1021. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-01-2005, 08:51 PM   #31
Registered: Apr 2004
Distribution: Slackware 10, Open BSD 3.6, Mac OS 10.3.7, Splack 10 beta
Posts: 393

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Slax is the best... the following reasons explain it all:
1. Live cd scripts (created by the makers of slax) allow you to make a live cd made off of any distribution install on your hard drive
2. Modularity (add all the software you need)
3. Small (it's only like 200MB and it has everything i need.
4. The Final and probably the most convincing it that's it's based off of SLACKWARE!!!!!.
Old 01-01-2005, 09:42 PM   #32
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Registered: Apr 2002
Location: New Jersey, US
Distribution: Mandrake 10.1, SuSE 9.2, DSL
Posts: 30

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been forever since i posted, but i think DSL wins this one

it just has so much software in a what? 50 mb download? i cant remember, its been a while

i know its less than 100mb, i like that tool that makes your HD contents look like the solar system
Old 01-01-2005, 10:36 PM   #33
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jul 2003
Location: Airdrie, AB
Distribution: Arch Linux 0.7.2
Posts: 24

Rep: Reputation: 15
Tried a few of these, knoppix, slax, but have to vote for MEPIS in this category.
Old 01-02-2005, 12:08 AM   #34
Senior Member
Registered: Mar 2003
Location: Brisbane Queensland Australia
Distribution: Custom Debian Live ISO's
Posts: 1,285

Rep: Reputation: 61
Old 01-02-2005, 01:06 AM   #35
Registered: Jun 2004
Location: Bharat
Distribution: RedHat, Debian, FreeBSD, Fedora, Centos
Posts: 114

Rep: Reputation: 16
Knoppix +++n
Old 01-02-2005, 05:32 AM   #36
Registered: Dec 2004
Location: Brazil
Distribution: ImagineOS
Posts: 95

Rep: Reputation: 17
I Know already that GoblinX will be one of the best of 2005, but I can't vote now, maybe it is because has just two months of life, so, if I can vote for GoblinX, I will vote for his cousin, Slax...
Old 01-02-2005, 05:36 AM   #37
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Registered: Nov 2004
Posts: 10

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i voted knoppix, but i really prefer ubuntu's livecd, it works way better than knoppix... knoppix has always had hassles with my display... usually reverting to 640x480... yuk! ubuntu booted into 1024x768 straight off, and runs way faster too...
Old 01-02-2005, 09:44 AM   #38
Registered: Jan 2005
Distribution: Debian3.1, DamnSmallLinux, FC4
Posts: 70

Rep: Reputation: 15
I haven't yet tried most of the abovementioned livecds (other than Knoppix), however I am a DamnSmallLinux addict (

Many reasons. Some are:

1. It contains Firefox and a good base of useable software, all in 50mB! This means you can boot it all within RAM and it then runs like the blazes, even on older machines. It's ideal for ancient laptops and can be hd installed. You can also run it in emulation within Windows ("embedded"). This successful minimalist approach somewhat shames bloated distros.

2. There is an extensive package system of .dsl's using minimal RAM called "MyDSL" - most of the reviewers miss this facet, showing how little time they really spend playing around on the desktop. Or you can use the full Debian package management system for full automated control of dependencies etc, just like any full blown Debian distro. Most if not all .deb packages will run.

3. There is a highly dedicated and enthusiastic bunch of gurus, geeks and addicts in the support forum, who by and large are great. Condescension or bitchiness towards newbies is rare. Development and contributions by enthusiasts is ongoing and rapid.

4. It was my first distro and of necessity has forced me to learn bash scripting and some things about linux - it's all rather rewarding.

Highly recommended.
Old 01-02-2005, 05:53 PM   #39
LQ Newbie
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: Canada
Distribution: gentoo, debian, slackware
Posts: 25
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 15
on the list, it has to be knoppix. overall, well its still knoppix
Old 01-02-2005, 06:27 PM   #40
Registered: Feb 2003
Location: Pittsboro, North Carolina
Distribution: Ubuntu,DSL
Posts: 95

Rep: Reputation: 15
I like Knoppix and Feather but the one I use daily is Puppy. Very fast and plenty of useful programs.
Old 01-02-2005, 07:58 PM   #41
Registered: Jul 2003
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Distribution: Mepis Linux 2004
Posts: 547

Rep: Reputation: 30
Mepis. I love it, I'm a regular of the #mepis and #mepislovers channel on freenode.
Old 01-02-2005, 09:51 PM   #42
Registered: Jan 2004
Distribution: PCLinuxOS .93, Puppy
Posts: 82

Rep: Reputation: 15
I use SimplyMepis daily. Installed it a while back. MandrakeMove didn't work with my display. I couldn't connect to
the internet with Ubuntu LiveCD, and just tried PCLinuxOS today and it's like Mepis with all browser plugins installed,
plus in looks it blows the others away. So I voted for PCLinuxOS but I gotta hand it to Mepis!
Old 01-03-2005, 04:06 AM   #43
Registered: Sep 2004
Location: Lelystad, NL
Distribution: Debian Etch
Posts: 123

Rep: Reputation: 15
Old 01-03-2005, 04:20 AM   #44
Registered: Sep 2004
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 34

Rep: Reputation: 15
Knoppix STD or Helix, hands down.
Old 01-03-2005, 04:48 AM   #45
LQ Newbie
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: Triest (in the north-east of Italy, near Venice)
Distribution: ProMEPIS-2005.b02
Posts: 17

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Originally posted by jeremy
To my knowledge, PRO MEPIS is not a live CD (and has not yet had a non-beta release). You can vote for MEPIS in the regular Distribution of the Year category, though.

Yes, ProMEPIS it's a beta2 ( you can found it for free at tuwien ) but it has a great live cd.

Also, i voted for it in the regular distro of the year.


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