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Old 22. Mar 2012, 11:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Linux on a Flashdrive

I just found an 8 GB flashdrive that I had forgotten that I have. It has no data on it; except for something that came pre-installed on it.

I'd like to use it to try out a Linxu distro; or maybe more than one.

What distro's work well off of a flashdrive? And, can I put more than one at at time on it?
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Old 23. Mar 2012, 12:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Can't remember which distro it was but i tried Linux on a flash drive and it was headthrashingly slow
It's a good way of looking at a distro features and aesthetics wise but doesn't come close to giving an accurate picture of how the distro performs, at least it didn't for me.
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Old 23. Mar 2012, 01:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Puppy Linux works very well... Its a bit different from Ubuntu or Mint. Perhaps this thread I started a couple of years ago will help. http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...computers.html Installing Linux can be found on the 2nd page of the thread.

I was very surprised how good Bodhi works and if setup properly it can save all your changes. You can see how to do it here: http://wiki.bodhilinux.com/doku.php?...n_instructions

Or you can install it the way I did and that was to install it from a Bodhi's live cd straight to the usb drive just like you would to a HDD but be very careful and ensure its to you USB drive other wise you risk messing up you OS's partition. Anyway it works very well and because Bodhi is a minimal to start with you will have plenty of room to install your favourite apps and games too

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Bodhi worked well for me too from a flash drive.
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Old 23. Mar 2012, 11:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Very clear guide for Ubuntu on USB here: http://www.howtogeek.com/97177/how-t...thout-the-mess

Hope this is some help?

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Old 25. Mar 2012, 05:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've used ubuntu on flashdrive fine but didn't like it much (I don't need a full OS on a flashdrive, too much OS for just booting to recover files lol)

I like Puppy linux for quick linux desktop to work in
I also like using Xpud linux for quick web/video surfing/watching (xpud isn't developed anymore so if it doesn't work for you :S but still works for me so i use it lol)
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I've used ubuntu on flashdrive fine but didn't like it much (I don't need a full OS on a flashdrive, too much OS for just booting to recover files lol)
I agree, perhaps when flash drives reach 50+ GB with a USB 3 connection. I read somewhere they are experimenting with a USB drive with a Micro Processor built-in. Perhaps Desktop PCs will be replaced with such a thing that plugs into something like a Western Digital external HDD connected to a flatscreen with a wireless keyboard. A true computer on a stick.

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There is another way: just install your Distro on a USB instead of putting on live version. Works for me.
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Old 03. Apr 2012, 06:14 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Try Racy puppy as it easily get connected to the internet. If you have Dialup modem then try Warry Puppy.


1. You can download it from below page.
http://puppylinuxnews.org/home/new-racy-puppy/

It is a ISO image of racy-puppy. To transfer this ISO to pendrive, we need one software to do this.

2. So download unetbootin from below page.
http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
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Thanks for the suggestions. I did run Racy and sure enough was able to configure my DSL connection easily enough although the mobile modem is still not recognized. Unfortunately though, didn't like the look of it one bit.

Currently I have W7 ultimate dual booted with Fusion 14.1 on my desktop and the pre-installed W7 Starter dual booted with Kororaa 16 on my laptop.
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