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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 01-16-2007, 08:59 AM   #91
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I would have votes for Helix, but it wasn't available. So Knoppix, the Helix core, gets my vote. Problem is Knoppix is bloated and the menus are not very comprehensive.

Helix fixed that, for what it's for: data recovery on crapped-up Winders drives. Helix is a $$$ maker!
Old 01-16-2007, 09:05 AM   #92
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Puppy is my favourite

I have found Puppy is very beginner-friendly, is small enough to download quickly, and has everything I need, and I have had excellent support from the forum.
Old 01-16-2007, 09:09 AM   #93
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For me I would have to say the livecd that I built myself Rhino Desktop Linux based on slackware 11, it runs KDE, clamav/klamav for fixing those special machines that seem to have problems with virii all the time. Has squashfs, unionfs and loopAES encryption support in the kernel, and is around 580mb, just the right size to fit on a cdrom. Has a graphical installer, although having a few problems with the installation at the moment.

But since mine is not on the list I would have to say Knoppix would definetely be a second runner up for me.
Old 01-16-2007, 10:15 AM   #94
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I guess Helix doesn't show because it's a customized Knoppix, am i right ?
Old 01-16-2007, 10:31 AM   #95
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Originally Posted by ionreflex
I guess Helix doesn't show because it's a customized Knoppix, am i right ?
Yes, but kannopix is also, and it is listed. Helix is slick as snot for forensics and system recoveries, which is a large part of my own bread and butter.

Never got Puppy to run. I guess it's too "beginner friendly," as I have run Linux exclusively since Mandrake 7.0 came out.
Old 01-16-2007, 10:38 AM   #96
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whats your favorite live distro?

I would have to say Damn Small Linux,because thats the only distro that will work on my lapop.All the others would boot and partially work,but DML is the only one that works out of the box. I oould'nt even get ubuntu to work.
Old 01-16-2007, 11:07 AM   #97
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Under the radar: the best live distro for me is Austrumi Linux. It is very cool with its cutting edge Enlightenment Window Manager.
Old 01-16-2007, 12:05 PM   #98
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So far, Suse Linux is the only version I've found that I don't have to go out and d/l additional software in order to get my basic servers up and running. I use my suse box to manage a basic home network comprised of both linux and windooze machines. I've tried other distributions, but with them I've always had to go out and d/l sendmail, pop, or some other software required to get the functionality I required for my basic network needs!
Old 01-16-2007, 12:11 PM   #99
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Puppy just keeps getting better, faster, and with loads of derivatives. I've tried to re-install windows XP and it has been more hassle than Puppy!
Only reason I'm putting XP back on is for Dragon dictate when I have to do large amounts of typing (I have RSI), everything else is Puppy.
Old 01-16-2007, 08:01 PM   #100
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opensuse live was just amazing to me. it made me slowly switch to it as my main distro.
Old 01-17-2007, 07:04 AM   #101
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Definitely Puppy. It's a good way to, uh, test the water. Very easy to customize too...
Old 01-17-2007, 06:20 PM   #102
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Location: Wales, u.k.
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PCOSlinux just about improves on 'Knoppix', though both are brilliant.
Old 01-17-2007, 06:28 PM   #103
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I would have to say Sabayon. It's based off of Gentoo, which, besides Arch, is the greatest distro ever! IMO. XGL/Compiz right out of the box with automatic GFX card detection. Plus, it has a BUNCH of included APPS and a great installer!
Old 01-18-2007, 09:27 PM   #104
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Live CD of the Year

As someone who was on the road and got the BSOD, a live Linux CD was the only thing that got me out of trouble (It was Knoppix 3.2). Since then, I evaluate Live CD's carefully, the sole criteria being to be able to boot up and get on the net with mail etc.

Allowing for the fact that I am using a laptop, many of the live CD's are a total failure - hanging up, kernel panic, freezing etc. This list includes anything Slackware and Gentoo based, including Sabayon. Even some Debian based distros - Dreamlinux for one -just doesn't work.

What does qualify
Knoppix, PCLinuxOS, Mepis (although as the release numbers increase so does the problems), although even the "qualifyers" now seem to forget PCMCIA support.

I'll stick to last years live CD's thanks - PCLinuxOS 9 and Knoppix 4!
Old 01-21-2007, 08:35 AM   #105
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Puppy is amazing.

Maybe next year we'll have more entries like : Freesbie (The freebsd live cd), Pardus, and more.

Could we make categories like:
knoppix and derivatives
puppy and derivatives


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