I want to build a (very) nomad work platform and I don't want it to be on the cloud but on a USB drive. (I know I will have to create backups and/or disk images to make it USB disk failure proof.)
I am very fond of Dokuwiki on a stick as a portable notebook: it's a Dokuwiki install with a micro-Apache server, and it lets me have my research notes and papers and work on it everywere.
But I would also like to work on my LaTeX papers, on my IPython notebooks, and why not embed my IPython notebooks in my dokuwiki pages. I would then have (nearly) everything I need to work properly and make demos anywhere without bothering with configurations. And even make several USB images for several contexts.
I am then looking for a lightweight live distribution where I can easily install this environment. I know Debian more than other distributions but I'm ready to try any good alternative.