great question acklan.
i've been dying to rave about all the great live distros i've been playing with lately.
i'm glad to see other distros mentioned, i'll be sure and give those a try. it's hard to pick a favorite yet cause i'm still pretty new at linux and i might change my mind on the next one i try. each one is more amazing than the last. it's like getting a new computer everytime i pop one of these live cd's in, loool. so i'll say my current favorite is the one i just started using tonight. kanotix 2005 -04. i've tried puppy, dsl, ubuntu, kubuntu, mepis, linspire, pclos, suse, adios, slax, elive, pingwinek, knoppix, goblinx, and vector. i even have debian and fedora i can run inside vmplayer. sorry about the list. i know you said only one. but it's kind of an old joke around linux forums. when you ask for one favorite you get a thousand, looool. i hope you don't mind.
ok, my current favorite is kanotix 2005-04 live cd. released jan 1 2006. i like the number of programs i am finding in here. it also has a package client different from the normal package manager. it's called "klik". it's basically a website with a huge list of applications that download to a file on your live desktop. they do not install. they run from the compressed file. i downloaded the ace of penguins.
this version of kanotix comes with firefox 1.5 and i can usually install all my necessary extensions in a few minutes in any live version. of course you lose all your customizing when you reboot unless you save your configuration. i need to learn how to do that.
the desktop is KDE. icewm and twm environments are available. with KDE comes most of the KDE programs. i think i saw gnome in the klik client also.
some of the cool apps are; streamtuner, vlc, akregator, skype, kopete, an excellent help system, OOo, gimp, and many others i have no idea what they are. anything missing can probably be found thru klik. i'll need at least a week to browse everything, looooooool.
usually i go back to my windows xp after running these live cd's for a few hours but i'm gonna keep this one booted up for awhile. it looks pretty good.http://distrowatch.com/index.php?distribut...th=all&year=allhttp://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=kanotixhttp://kanotix.com/index.php?&newlang=eng
wanna see a nice list of live cd'shttp://www.frozentech.com/content/livecd.php
2 more live cd's were released just today per distrowatch newshttp://distrowatch.com/
i hope it's ok to use image shack around here.