Monday July 03, 2006
Trying out Linux for the desktop LiveCDs
I've been trying out Linux distros on LiveCD, aimed for desktop use. Here are my preliminary findings.
- Ubuntu is the current "mother of liveCD Linux". Well, apart from Knoppix, that is. It seems to work, but is sloooooowww. The PC I'm using is 1GHz/256MB, which isn't too bad, but the Ubuntu liveCD is simply unusable: a control panel that I launched still hasn't appeared after waiting for 6 minutes. And it's brown. (Gnome)
- Knoppix works smoother on the same hardware. It is workable, and looks good. (KDE)
- Gnoppix apparently is just an older distro of Ubuntu. It has no benefit, and I think including a banner ad for a computer fair of last year in the desktop, is a very bad idea. It's not any faster. (Gnome)
- Xubuntu is allegedly intended for older hardware, but they should get their act together. I see no evidence that it's any faster than plain Ubuntu. Did anybody even test their claim? It definitely needs tweaking before it's really usable as liveCD "on older hardware". Lots of tweaking. (Xfce)
And the winner is... no winner. As a live CD, Knoppix seems most usable, but as I'm anxious to try out GWC, an audio editor/cleaner that only works on Gnome, it doesn't quite fit this particular purpose as Knoppix is built on KDE. Or, can I?
Anyway, I do expect the Ubuntu family to perform a lot better when properly installed. Which I currently don't really feel like doing.