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Monday July 03, 2006
08:58 PM

Trying out Linux for the desktop LiveCDs

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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.

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  • Basically in LiveCD land there is Knoppix and dozens of tweaked versions. They are all fairly full fat and slow on anything but the latest hardware. Knoppix is supposed to be the leader of the gang, but don't overlook KANOTIX, a Knoppix/Debian distro designed for notebooks. Knoppix and most things based on it are KDE based, which is very nice and pretty, but hardly fast.

    If you like Gnome, then there is Gnoppix which has evolved into ubuntu live (or what ever it's called), another Debian/Knoppix distro. Th

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    -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
  • I've been trying out Linux distros on LiveCD, aimed for desktop use. Here are my preliminary findings.

    Are you testing the LiveCD's with a view to using the LiveCD as your desktop in CD mode regularly, or as test-drives prior to doing a real install? Those are two very different experiments.

    Performance from ramdrive-and-CDrom is no prediction of performance from a real install.

    Knoppix and relatives have specific optimizations (some needing bootflags) to run fast from CD only.

    Knoppix and a few of the

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    Bill
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