Saturday, May 23, 2009

How to Install Portable Linux Into Usb Drive | ProgrammerFish - Everything that's programmed!

At one time or another, you would surely have felt the need for a portable Operating System that you could carry around with you and to help troubleshoot and backup your friends’ crashed PCs or just carry your complete Office with you. There are several Live CD based Linux Distributions(distros) where you just boot from it and enjoy the new OS. But what if you need your Data and settings to be remembered. A good alternative is to use a “LIVE USB” based OS.
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Three things should be considered first.
  • Size of USB drive
  • Type of Distribution
  • Usage
Distros like Damn Small Linux and Puppy Linux will perform well in 256MB drives. Some OS’es section off a portion of your computer’s memory[RAM] and use that as a drive, in addition to the flash drive.
We will use an application called UNetbootin to install the Linux into the flash drive. We can let the program download a distro or select the image file(.iso) of an already downloaded distro. Download UNetbootin here: http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ and install it.
Whole article here: How to Install Portable Linux Into Usb Drive | ProgrammerFish - Everything that's programmed!

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