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What is the most savvy Live Linux Distro for working (open, coping, moving) with files (text documents, pictures, music files and videos).

Typical case: We have a computer (mostly with Windows and NTFS file system) and we need to explore it's file system. Not just copy files, but full functionality including watching video files.

Thanks In Advance!

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One suggestion is Linux Mint - It has most codecs on the live iso and LibreOffice - so you should be able to watch videos, listen to audio and read documents etc.

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It mostly depends on what media formats you need it to deal with. If there is no need to open non-free or formats covered by software patents (h264, for example), you can use any popular distro. Also, if this machines has internet connection, missing codecs can be installed. Otherwise, I suggest to use Mageia, as it contains codecs and can play MP3 and h264 (but AAC is still missing).

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"System Rescue CD" not only has NTFS support, but tools for fixing Windows problems, like registry editor tools, and password resetting.

http://www.sysresccd.org/SystemRescueCd_Homepage

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But does it have a media player with plenty of codecs? –  jw013 Aug 15 '12 at 19:42

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