On SFF.net, Dennis Keim has an interesting pointer to a Linux distro called Knoppix that is designed to be carried on a CD and ran on any PC by booting from it. Because it is good at autodiscovery and auto-configuration, lacking the configuration state isn’t a problem because it will figure out what it needs to know at boot time. That’s a pretty good strategy. He includes a link to a testimonial blog entry of a happy user of it. Sounds quite interesting to me. I might burn myself one of those CDs and try it out.