Ocassionally, I have need to fix a computer from various maladies (aka bugs). In my toolbox of tricks is the Knoppix CD. This is a Linux distrobution that boots and runs entirely from CD. It has a nice resource of tools such as a root terminal, gparted, being able to read and write to NTFS partitions, and many others.
I have used Knoppix 5.1.1 for sometime now and thought it would be time to grab the latest version. I have waited to do this because I know that Knoppix has grown over the years and was available as a DVD. I want to be able to run off of a CD for older computers that either don't have a DVDROM or it is slow enough as to make running an OS from it unrealistic.
The other reason for using Knoppix as a demonstration tool to those unfamiliar with Linux. I could popo it inot a CDROM and boot up. Everything worked, wifi, sound, LAN, browser, OpenOffice, etc. It worked great and typically had no trouble with hardware.
I decided to give it another shot. I found the 6.2 CD, downloaded and burned the ISO to disk. I am rather disapointed. The distro has become so bloated that now the CD didn't even boot into a window manager. It gave some text menu, only once of which was a vague reference to booting into a more substantial GUI. This would not have been obivous for a non-nerd.
Once into the windows manager, I was disappointed yet again. As far as I could tell it did not support wifi. The menus had all changed and programs were not organized very friendly. It was also very slow on my speedy computer.
I will have to find another toolbox type distro to keep in my toolbox.