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View Poll Results: Best Live CD of 2008.
Ubuntu 18 24.00%
OpenSuse LiveCD 3 4.00%
PCLinuxOS 11 14.67%
DreamLinux 0 0%
Knoppix 16 21.33%
MEPIS 2 2.67%
Damn Small Linux 2 2.67%
Puppy Linux 4 5.33%
Slax 8 10.67%
Linux Mint 6 8.00%
gOS 1 1.33%
Kubuntu 3 4.00%
SystemRescueCd 5 6.67%
Mandriva Linux One 8 10.67%
Fedora LiveCD 3 4.00%
Nexenta OS 0 0%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 75. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-08-2008, 09:16 AM   #1
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The best Live CD?

What is the best live cd? What do you look for in a live CD?

I am looking for a live CD that can get online wireleslty and with codec support for the most widely used media (MP3, MOV, WMP formats, Quicktime). I am still haveing trubal with wireless as mine needs to be configured to use a windows driver so my live CD also needs to be able to save settings to USB. I am still looking for one I like, but hear is a pole of some of the most well known online (What they can do may very).
Old 08-08-2008, 10:16 AM   #2
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PCLinuxOS, for a very long time, has been the one that I use to demonstrate GNU/Linux to all my friends, colleagues and family. It's been (for me) the most consistent LiveCD (that just works) across a wide variety of machines.
Old 08-08-2008, 10:45 AM   #3
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Personally I've found the most useful one to be Trinity Rescue Kit.

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Old 08-08-2008, 11:11 AM   #4
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Well I just try only knoppix and ubuntu. And I vote for knoppix
Old 08-08-2008, 11:25 AM   #5
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I'd vote for BackTrack.. but it's not on the list.
Old 08-08-2008, 03:17 PM   #6
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Backtrack and Knoppix are the only two Live CD's I bother with..

My vote would be for Backtrack as well.
Old 08-08-2008, 06:00 PM   #7
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System Rescue is one of my favorites...
Old 08-09-2008, 06:25 AM   #8
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One of the linux magazines recently gave away the full Knoppix DVD, so I'll vote Knoppix - just for the amount of software available on it.
Old 08-11-2008, 07:03 AM   #9
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The Custom NimbleX just worked right after boot for wireless and landline on my Amrel Rocky EX laptop and was astonishingly fast on 256mb of ram. Wireless was supplied by Belkin F5D 7010 pcmcia cardbus. So my vote goes to NimbleX even though I run Ubuntu and Xubuntu. Also Utube videos worked.

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Old 08-15-2008, 04:02 PM   #10
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BackTrack too

I would also vote for BackTrack!

How come it's not on the list??

Since BT3 final was released, a relatively short while ago, there's been over 500,000 downloads.
Surely it warrants a place on the list!

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Old 08-15-2008, 06:48 PM   #11
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Smile Best Live CD?

For resolving problems, KNOPPIX w/o a doubt the best friend to have handy. My favorite OS to use is Kubuntu but the live CD has a few installation problems that require a work-around. But once installed, it's great.
Old 08-16-2008, 06:07 AM   #12
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mint for me . Can't say about wireless though . Everything else just works
Old 08-17-2008, 04:55 PM   #13
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I used Kubuntu and Mandriva One. I had trouble with Kubuntu because it didn't have Flash installed so I couldn't use Linksys' tech help site well. I tried Mandriva One and BAM! It worked like a charm with Firefox as the browser. I went right to Youtube and could watch videos. It gets my vote. Then again Mandrake/Mandriva have always been one of the best and most complete Linux distros out there.

Old 08-17-2008, 07:31 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by {BBI}Nexus{BBI} View Post
PCLinuxOS, for a very long time, has been the one that I use to demonstrate GNU/Linux to all my friends, colleagues and family. It's been (for me) the most consistent LiveCD (that just works) across a wide variety of machines.

I really like PCLinuxOS, very usable, good looking, the boot up memtest option is great. probably other LiveCDs have that, but PCLinuxOS is the only one I know of offhand.

Slax is my "go to" liveCd for actual tasks because of its fast and no b.s. command line boot. I hate having to wait for LiveCDs to boot to GUI when 90 percent of the time I just need the command line.
Old 08-18-2008, 05:22 PM   #15
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Sidux! Great hardware detection and installs to a full Debian Sid system. Can that be added to the poll?


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