I also have recently been evaluating some lightweight live distros. My primary criteria were the inclusion of useful real-world applications, including office apps, and the ability to interface to Windows or Samba servers and thus be useful on a mixed network. I also looked at extensibility, and installation to hard disk on a low specification machine.
I looked at Puppy 2.0, DSL 3.0, Feather 0.7.5 and Austrumi 1.2.0. In my case Puppy was the clear winner. The others either failed to meet my criteria, or had applications included which simply failed to run. The requirement to configure Puppy when run as a live CD is an irritation but less so than the failings of the others mentioned here.
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