i just stumbled across this site and saw a fairly good enough comparison of some live on cd linux distros. so if u wanna choose a good live boot linux read: http://desktops.linux.com/desktops/04/02/09/1840218.shtml they started off with 9 cds and and picked the best from the following three: Knoppix, MandrakeMove and Slax. read to find out the winner. comments are welcome if the comparison is wrong in anyone's opinion. btw, in my personal opinion, Knoppix 3.6 wins hands down as it carries too many the applications that u will find in a full fledged linux distro. but from a newbie's point of view, Slax is very good with a minimum set of apps, gr8 hardware support and high stability and allows u to wet ur feet in a basic linux environment. i cant comment about mandrakemove coz i havent tried it yet.