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Tuxs.org: A Comparison of Damn Small Linux, Knoppix and PCLinuxOS Linux Live CDs

Jul 27, 2004, 10:00 (1 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Barney Matthews for this link. ]

"Live Linux CDs allow people to test Linux or try a distribution without any hard drive installation, or carry Linux around in their pocket to use on any computer. I have picked the top ranked Live CD from Distrowatch for each of these three tasks to review/compare. Knoppix 3.4 is the 'test Linux' live CD, PCLinuxOS 7a is the 'try before it before installing' live CD and Damn Small Linux is the 'pocket Linux' live CD. It should be noted each of these live CDs can perform every task above and that there are many other equally good live CDs--these are just the ones I have picked.

"I will try each live CD on an eMachines desktop with a 2.2 Ghz AMD CPU, 512 MB RAM and a USB wireless adapter and a Compaq laptop with a 2.2 Ghz AMD CPU, 512MB RAM and onboard network card. Specifically I will look for hardware detection (including my USB key), the time it takes to get to the desktop from boot, if I can get on the internet, the software included and the overall feel of the live CD..."

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