I've been tinkering with a Linux version called Knoppix. A friend of mine found it for me and it's pretty cool. It's Linux that you don't have to install. You just boot off the cd and it brings you right into the GUI interface. It even ran on a two processor system.
I like it because you're able to use the internet (connection dependent of course), watch vids, open office documents and pictures and just snoop around all the drives. It's very versatile. I'm going to continue using it to repair os installs and find missing files on machines that won't boot or need to be reinstalled...
Of course, I wouldn't use it as a permanant OS because it uncompresses it's own files from the cd on-the-fly as you use them cause it doesn't actually use your hdd...
This os is perfect for restoring files on systems that won't boot because of file table errors or a virus infection...
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As you say, Knoppix is a fantastic tool for system recovery, I've used it many times to sort out a machine that had disk failures of one sort or another.
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