What I prefer is a small LiveUSB. 2 Gb works very well.
I want Linux and wifi and LibreOffice as my base system.
I want all that in my compressed system which is de-
compressed only once, at boot or on first use. That's
what Knoppix 6.4 does. That takes 800 Mb and leaves
1200 Mb for other purposes. Of this, I use 800 Mb for
persistence and 400 Mb for a compressed backup of
persistence. I've only used half these spaces in five
months of tweaking.
Network manager doesn't pull its weight in Knoppix
in my estimation. Were I patient enough to re-master
Knoppix, I would remove its network manager, adriane
and compiz and add back mc, locate & ntp. This would all
fit very well in 2 Gb, now with room to spare. If I
were smart enough, I would adapt PCLinuxOS's wifi
handling to replace my simple-minded replacemnt for
Knoppix's network manager, and use the new extra space
in that way.
This same scheme would work with modification to
PCLinuxOS, but I'd have to find something to trade
out of its current compressed image to find room for
LibreOffice. PCLinuxOS's linux and wifi capabilities are
superb, but something's else has gotta go were I to
remaster PCLinuxOS to suit my fancy.
LibreOffice, or any really large component, in the un-
compressed LiveUSB storage area is a wrong move in my
Best Regards, utu.