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jeremy 01-03-2018 12:39 PM

Live Distribution of the Year
A new category this year. What distribution do you think is best suited for a live environment?


bigiron45 01-03-2018 05:24 PM

Knoppix, they kind of created this category didn't they?

ChuangTzu 01-03-2018 05:52 PM

picked Porteus, even though Salix is also a LiveCD distro and what about AlienBob's Live Slackware?

gilead 01-03-2018 08:18 PM

I like having SystemRescueCd nearby - it's been very handy a number of times

rokytnji 01-04-2018 04:57 PM


linustalman 01-04-2018 04:58 PM


JWJones 01-04-2018 05:04 PM

Toss up between antiX and SystemRescueCD, so I voted for antiX.

Crippled 01-04-2018 05:26 PM

MX Linux.

m.a.l.'s pa 01-04-2018 11:03 PM


_roman_ 01-04-2018 11:53 PM

sysrescue as it has gparted in it. I use an older one

dabreese00 01-05-2018 12:30 AM

Grml, all year every year. The true swiss army knife of Linux live for sysadmins and repair techs.

Have a spare desktop from 2007 in the recycle heap, and wish it were running FOG, or Smokeping, for you to throw it on a network? 10 minutes with grml-debootstrap.

Have a failing hard drive and need to recover data? Grml has you covered with ddrescue and testdisk/photorec.

Need to work on a RAID array or LV? You know grml gonna have both mdadm and lvm (but it won't start them by default, because it doesn't want to risk damaging your data)!

Want to throw up a temp PXE server and (for example) simultaneously DBAN a whole 30-machine computer lab? Grml includes tftpd and 2 (count 'em) different DHCP servers!

smartmontools, memtest86, kpartx, nwipe, clamav, chntpw, iperf, nmap, tcpdump.... the list goes on. At the moment, I have trouble thinking of a single Linux-based hardware or network utility that I've ever needed, anywhere, that's not included in grml.

You can have both x86 and amd64 together on your DVD, selectable at boot time. It boots even on cranky old Mac EFIs. It boots you right to a handful of password-less root and non-root ttys running screen, gpm and zsh; no GUI unless you ask. More convenience is hard to imagine.

I have pretty much stopped using all other bootable tools except grml. I carry with me a multi-boot USB key created with YUMI, but all I ever seem to use it for is grml :D Having used grml for years now, I've only scratched the surface of its features. I can't praise its creators highly enough. Thank you for reading :)

DavidMcCann 01-11-2018 12:57 PM

Am I missing something, or shouldn't Puppy be here?

dolphin_oracle 01-12-2018 12:16 PM


Originally Posted by DavidMcCann (Post 5805171)
Am I missing something, or shouldn't Puppy be here?

I would agree puppy should be on there.

but antiX should win. Best liveUSB anywhere. (MX Linux also uses the antiX live USB system)

weirdwolf 01-14-2018 09:07 PM


Ook 01-22-2018 03:06 PM

Plop linux. An obscure one-off distro that works for me.

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