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Old 28. Nov 2011, 12:33 AM   #11 (permalink)
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So, how do I burn an iso image to my flash drive making it bootable so I can test out Puppy and Bohdi?
Unetbootin mentioned by Linuxis does the job well. More details here: A Free Utility that Creates Bootable USB Drives
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Old 28. Nov 2011, 10:52 AM   #12 (permalink)
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So, how do I burn an iso image to my flash drive making it bootable so I can test out Puppy and Bohdi?
As recommended by Jojo, I've used Unetbootin extensively. I find it does a good job although some distros are not so keen to run from a USB, or install from one. Don't know about Puppy but as it's been designed this way I guess it must be pretty faultless. Bodhi is great to run on, or install from, a USB.

This is my latest Bodhi desktop which now replaces the Mint Julia I installed last week to demo for a neighbor.

Checkout the % memory used reading with both a browser and email client open! Windows users, eat your hearts out!

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Old 28. Nov 2011, 11:04 AM   #13 (permalink)
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If I remember correctly, when you run Puppy from the live CD, and once it boots up, somewhere it has the option of installing it to the USB.
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Old 29. Nov 2011, 01:40 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Since there are many software around that can create bootable Linux USBs, maybe we can have an article of "Best Free Bootable USB Creator"?
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Since there are many software around that can create bootable Linux USBs, maybe we can have an article of "Best Free Bootable USB Creator"?
Good idea. This is a good chance for Anupam to take it up.
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Old 29. Nov 2011, 02:12 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Again me? .. I don't even use Linux
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Old 29. Nov 2011, 03:54 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Well, I've created this Puppy Linux bootable USB, but have yet to get it to work.

I originally got it for an old laptop that currently has a dual-boot of Mint Julia and Peppermint. But, it is so old that there is no option to boot from a USB.

I then tried my primary home computer. It totally bypassed the USB and just loaded into Windows. I'm a little leery about going into the advanced boot options on my main computer.

So, I took it to work to try out on my work laptop (less than 1 year old). It also bypassed the USB and loaded directly into Windows. My plan today is to figure out how to get into the boot menu (F12 I think) and see if there is an option for booting from a USB.

I'll post back when I get it to work.
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Well, finally got my work laptop to boot off my Puppy USB. I didn't like it. Maybe because it's running off a USB, but it was really slow. Plus, it is a pretty limited distro. I had to choose a browser and download it which took forever. (I'm not sure why though since we have a very fast connection at work.) There were limited pre-installed programs.

Maybe I would like it better if I installed it as it would probably be considerably faster. But, I think I'll try Bohdi next.

The article that kind of inspired me to try this out is found at Lifehacker:

http://lifehacker.com/5504531/the-co...-a-thumb-drive

It recommends Ubuntu, but I thought I'd try out some other distro's while I was at it.
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It's F11 on my PC and sometimes this "misses" too in which case I have to reboot and start again. I really have to hit the F11 repeatedly as soon as I see the Bios come up then it usually does give me CD or USB boot options.

You might also find this useful.

http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager.html
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Well, finally got my work laptop to boot off my Puppy USB. I didn't like it. Maybe because it's running off a USB, but it was really slow. Plus, it is a pretty limited distro. I had to choose a browser and download it which took forever. (I'm not sure why though since we have a very fast connection at work.) There were limited pre-installed programs.

Puppy should run extremely fast its blazing fast on my computer and I have a lower end machine.

I have and 8 GB thumb drive with Puppy installed stuck into the back of my computer. When I want to use it I tap the F10 key at boot-up. This gives me a boot option of Puppy, Windows or Mint. It list the The names of my HDD's (I have two hard drives) along with my CD drive and USB drive. I use the arrow keys to select the drive I want then hit enter. Of course I know which OS is on each drive.

I have always used Pendrivelinux as my source of information for creating boot-able USB drive there is also free software for making a Linux dstro boot-able off a USB drive. I have always used their Universal Installer but there is also a link for downloading UNetbootin. I recommend using their tutorial for Install Puppy Linux to a Flash Drive using the CD. Not all USB Drives are created equally. Look HERE to test yours For setting up your BIOS look HERE

Something you should be aware of is Puppy can be set-up in persistence mode meaning it write all changes back to the USB drive but you can also choose to save changes to the HDD.
If done correctly you should have a very fast Puppy OS booting from your USB drive.

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