Mini liveCD omissions

Story: Tech Tip 118 - Test Driving Linux Using a Live CDTotal Replies: 3
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Mar 27, 2007
9:11 AM EDT
Another distro-reviewer is omitting mention of the more popular lower-footprint, mini-liveCD distros!! Scott Nesbitt claims that Ubuntu, Knoppix, Linspire, MEPIS, and Debian are available "to breathe some life into an older computer that can't run Windows XP or Vista".

Again, what about some of the smaller and yet immensely useful liveCD's such as DamnSmallLinux, SLAX, Puppy, ... etc. that *easily* run on such older computers ???

Even Scott's two links "here", and [url= CD§ion=projects&Go.x=0&Go.y=0] CD§ion=projects&Go.x...[/url] , both de-emphasize these more lightweight (less than 200 MB size) liveCD distros. The first link omits mention of DSL entirely and the second link does the same for Puppy and SLAX!! :tsk tsk: :-(


Mar 27, 2007
9:52 AM EDT
For a minute there, I thought the article must have been one of those local newspapers or something.

Mar 27, 2007
7:47 PM EDT
I seem to recall from about three years ago even before Ubuntu was as hot, that Knoppix was the hottest liveCD. All that stuff Klaus Knopper managed to squeeze into a 700MB CD, his being among the first successful attempts at this.

Big issue then as it is now (to a lesser extent) was all the bloat software in Knoppix. Knoppix up-to-date certainly, but a little bit of overkill. DSL and SLAX were and are the lightweight alternate liveCDs. As others already pointed out on LXer, Debian Live Project liveCD is faster and less bloated than the Ubiquitous Ubuntu. Also lighter than MEPIS.


Mar 27, 2007
9:46 PM EDT
[Moved to correct thread]

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