Linux distributions made to boot from a CD and run from RAM without changing the computers hard drive.
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Damn Small Linux
A business card size (50MB) Linux distribution; with description and download links.
Debian-based Live CD made for system administrators and users who prefer text tools. Available for x86-32bit and amd64-64bit in multiple flavours.
Linux on a Bootable USB Flashdrive
Guide on how to convert a Linux live CD distribution into a bootable USB format for greater speed and data persistence.
The LiveCD List - Frozentech
Includes sortable tabular listing. Shows name, size, and primary functions.
Minimal Linux Live
A set of Linux shell scripts which automatically build minimal Live Linux OS based on Linux kernel and BusyBox. All necessary source codes are automatically downloaded and all build operations are fully encapsulated in the scripts.
OS X style and feel Linux distro with many useful tools for building distros as well as audio/video apps.
Minimal Linux distribution which can boot from CD-ROM or PXE, designed to stress and monitor the health of an entire system.
System Rescue CD
Live CD for repairing your system and recovering your data after a crash.
Ubuntu-based family of lightweight installable live CDs optimized for ease of use. Each is pre-integrated for a specific application including LAMP, Joomla, Ruby on Rails, Drupal, MediaWiki, Django and others.
Wikipedia - Comparison of Linux Live CDs
Comprehensive comparison of Linux Live CDs.
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