Posted 16 October 2008 - 06:42 PM
This is my first post-
I noticed nobody mentioning Puppy Linux...it loads in ram - when is is loaded, you can take the CD out and use the CD drive, and when you finish your session you have the option of creating a "pupsave" file up to 1.25GB usually found in C:\ -- You can also use a thumb drive and with a cd and thumb drive you have your customized version available on any computer using either windows or linux. You can save files, music and your own wallpaper without ever having to compromise a windows installation. If windows gets hosed, you can copy the pup files and reinstall them again without losing anything.....
I also use Freespire version 1 (don't like FS2 based on Ubuntu) on a dual boot laptop and am currently using Absolute Linux on an old PIII 500MHz with reasonable success. I have used dozens of distros and treat them like the flavor of the month -- some are better than others, depending on what you want to do...I am by no means a Linux guru but I have played with writing simple shell scripts and configurations as I needed to -- I have read a few books like the Linux Bible and still have a lot to learn
Live CDs are ok but some of them I have problems saving any work I may have done on USB or external drives, maybe it is me, but Puppy seemed to be the easiest to use and save work in. Abiword is the word processor and it is also available for windows -- you can mount the Windows HD and extract files or save there with puppy also
Check it out