I see Kolibri as nice small(I mean really small, like practically not consuming storage space at all! Also not making the filesystem more bloated with a big number of files.) and instant-boot alternate/backup OS that can causally sit on memory sticks, CD/DVD, as files on harddisks or whatever.
Allways ready to boot and, for example, quickly inspect the contents of some computer (or storage media connected to it) (including reading/watching/listening the files within) and some system info about it. Regardless of what is the state of it's main operating system (or is it present at all)!
And just very cool to think that my memory sticks and CD/DVD can be like "self powered" - it does'nt mather what is or is'nt on the computer, I can allways browse the files, watch my pictures, listen some music and play some "snake" from them at any computer, new or old (ideally)!
Vaguely connected linux rant:
Puppy linux have been my favorite linux distro for long time but it is started to get bigger and more bloated (for it's "category"). Ofc it's never really been negligble sise, like Kolibri. I remember when it was like ~60MB and started quite quicly, even on old stuff.
And last I chacked, I did'nt like the look of it anymore with all the "must be modern" (including MacOS inspired) visual designs - what is even less "productive" many times - like harder to find diferent stuff, needs "more clicks" to get to your destination (especially the more advenced stuff) and so on.
Linux is not so easy to personalise to (I mean outside of the "dumbuser" options that could be provided) - I never liked the "porridge and cabbage" (as we say here in estonia) feel of i'ts filesystem - "millions" of files and folders and subfolders and hardlinks and softlinks and mountpoints and "device files" and special script files and special config files and... arrgh
Many files/folders with few-letter (not really meaningfull) names and no extensions (file type/action is determined by some flags in the filesystem or somth.?), programs not contained in their own folder("portable programs") but spread around in the system file/folder "abyss".
No really a standard "linux executable" as I understand but each distro (and maybe even a version of it) has to have program compiled especially for it.
The "app store" approatch can be conveinent for dumbusers but I morally don't like being dependent on a certain service (or even internet) to get my programs and stuff.