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You can now vote for your favorite products of 2008. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends February 12th.


View Poll Results: Live Distribution of the Year
KNOPPIX 148 16.57%
PCLinuxOS 32 3.58%
Sabayon 14 1.57%
Damn Small 38 4.26%
Dreamlinux 21 2.35%
Puppy 84 9.41%
Elive 8 0.90%
SLAX 97 10.86%
Fedora Live 35 3.92%
Ubuntu Live 209 23.40%
Mandriva One 34 3.81%
Gentoo Live 10 1.12%
SimplyMEPIS 42 4.70%
sidux 92 10.30%
Wolvix 9 1.01%
dyne:bolic 6 0.67%
Debian Live 14 1.57%
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:51 AM   #31
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For those who are interested, BackTrack: home page, at Wikipedia & DistroWatch.

It sounds pretty cool -- worth trying.
Old 01-15-2009, 12:42 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by drb1 View Post
sidux here as it is leading edge, fast and reliable . . . what more could I want?
Old 01-15-2009, 04:13 PM   #33
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SLAX: easy, simple and modular.
Old 01-15-2009, 04:39 PM   #34
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Let's face it - no distro has done what Puppy has done. Very light, cool, fast and what not It's really my darling distro (even my Fiancee loves a lot!) :x (some day I'll roll out my own PuppyARM Embedded out of the box distro).

Other live distro (heavy) - PCLinuxOS 2007 & openSuSE 2008.11 KDE x86

Waiting for PCLinuxOS 2009 ...

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Old 01-15-2009, 06:16 PM   #35
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Well it seems I will choose Ubuntu this year. If openSuse would have been included I would have chose that insted. The support for the rtl 8185/8187 wireless and 2wire wireless have been the best so far. Ubuntu has not the support that is satisfactory. Allthough it does work out of the box my signal strength is least to be admired compaired with openSuse.
Old 01-15-2009, 07:52 PM   #36
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Damn Small Linux is my favorite because it works on my old laptops with low ram.As a matter of fact if it wasn't for DSL I would have never tried and used linux at all.
Old 01-15-2009, 09:22 PM   #37
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Mandriva Flash

I think you miss Mandriva Flash... it runs from a memory stick

This feature is awesome
Old 01-15-2009, 09:28 PM   #38
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Knoppix has save me from my own ignorance many times. She may be ugly, but she never says "No"
Old 01-15-2009, 11:57 PM   #39
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the first live i used was knoppix, and it was really a thrilling and exciting as well. i must apprceate the effort those guys did put to make knoppix one of the best linux live. thanks a lot guys. now you can easily find a liveCD version of your favorite distro, but the one which work without too much hassle is obviously the best one, and its knoppix [at least for me]
Old 01-16-2009, 12:33 AM   #40
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Puppy..its small, fast, robust
and allows to create own spin-off.

SLAX and Knopix is also good but not best for me
Old 01-16-2009, 08:43 AM   #41
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Old 01-16-2009, 09:07 AM   #42
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Elive. It recognized all hardware. It set up media playback. It allows me to modify the installed system. It looks great!
Old 01-16-2009, 12:19 PM   #43
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Another vote for Mepis, it does what it say on the tin

Old 01-16-2009, 01:27 PM   #44
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Where is Linux Mint ? Knoppix is dying out fast because they tried to include all useless eye-candy which are unwanted in a supposedly <lightweight> and bloatless swiss knife of a distro.

I guess Mint wins because it can do all basic stuff and is easy enough for non-linux people to use.
Old 01-16-2009, 05:42 PM   #45
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Thumbs up Puppy!

Knoppix is fabulous, use it regularly, but most often the 5.1.1 rather than the latest 5.3.1 beast which overloads some of our ancient PCs - most of which lack DVD capability. So it is hardly this year's fave.

SliTaz is wonderful - but suits us best as an HD installation on old machines with tiny RAM - and the <cooking> or unstable branch is well superior to the stable release, imho.

DSL is grand, too, and highly praiseworthy, but no longer a top favourite since we discovered......

*Puppy* - it is the clear winner for us - the combination of hardware recognition, a user-oriented interface with a stack of dedicated GUI tools (HD mount, Netwk, Firewall, WiFi..... etc). Runs on ancient hardware with a style and cheeky ability that has our rellies ditching old Windows installations on PCs that could not carry Ubuntu.

Permanent installations, USB with a few clicks, and above all *Live* with real speed and flexibility. Amazing piece of work.

All this and more makes it a firm favourite here - without even mentioning some of the cheeky Mac-alike, you-name-it-alike and plain original Puplets - loads of them.

If anyone here has yet to try Puppy, you have something really good to look forward to!


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