MandrakeMove is a Live CD distribution based on Mandrake 9.2 that saves its configuration files and user home directories on a USB key. A live CD distribution boots from the CD and uses ram disks so there is no need to use a hard drive. MandrakeMove will also allow you to remove its CD after boot up so that the drive can be used for other disks.
The Mandrake store is selling MandrakeMove for $19.90 with no USB key, $69.90 with a 128MB key, $129 with a 256MB key, and $269 with a 512MB key.
The CD boots into a well laid out KDE desktop. A large amount of software is available including: OpenOffice, kmail, Konqueror, kbear, gaim, Frozen Bubble, TuxRacer, cannon smash, GIMP, flphoto, Totem, and many more.
The testing was done on two machines a desktop machine running MS Windows 2000 Professional with the following hardware configuration:
Processor: Intel Celeron CPU 1.70GHz
Video: NVIDIA GeForce4 64.0 MB Ti 4200 with AGP8X
Audio: Avance AC97 Audio
Hard Drive: Maxtor 20GB drive
CD: MITSUMI CR-4804TE CDRW
Modem: 56FW-92 HCF PCI Modem
Network Card: Realtek RTL8139(A) PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter
And a HP laptop running MS Windows ME with the following hardware configuration:
Processor: Intel Celeron CPU 800GHz
Video: S3 Savage/IX w/MV
Audio: ESS Allegro
Hard Drive: 10GB
CD: Toshiba DVD-ROM SD-C2502
Network Card: N/A
Both machines were completely supported by MandrakeMove. In both cases everything including sound and the network card on the desktop machine worked without any manual intervention or configuration. On both machines the windows partition on the hard drive was mounted.
When the HP laptop was booted with MandrakeMove the desktop had an icon on the bar reporting the battery condition.
When the same USB key was used for the two machines the system configuration files remained separate and were stored in separate directory structures on the USB key.
MandrakeMove is a solid distribution, with a good selection of software. The ability to save a configuration for multiple machines and then just by transferring the CD and the USB key move from machine to machine is wonderful and changes MandrakeMove from one more Linux distribution to a permanent addition to my laptop bag.