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Anyone know any good, portable Linux builds for my flash drive?


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#1 Kaljinyu

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 03:56 PM

I might be without Windows for a while on one of my computers, but I'll still have all of my files intact. So I'm thinking of using Linux for a while, until I get back on my feet? I wanna burn it to a flash drive and boot from the flash drive.

 

Problem is, some portable Linux builds aren't really up to date. I've tried xPUD, Ubuntu, and Parted Magic, and one of the problems I run into pretty constantly is Flash support when browsing. Also, pages don't load all too properly in Parted Magic either. 

 

I dunno, what build would you recommend? Which one comes in handy for you? I need to be portable. Burnable to a flash drive. 



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Posted 29 May 2013 - 07:21 PM

I'm surprised Ubuntu didn't work. I have it on a 16GB and it worked on just about any computer that I tried. One thing I did was to actually install it to the flash, rather than use it as a "live" edition.


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Posted 29 May 2013 - 08:24 PM

Linux Mint



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Posted 30 May 2013 - 12:41 AM

Do you mean like these:

http://www.slax.org/
http://puppylinux.org/main/How%20to%20download%20Puppy.htm
http://www.porteus.org/
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Miscellaneous/Tiny-Core-Linux-USB-installer.shtm

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 06:36 AM

That's what I did, I used the Live CD version, I think. Pretty sure that's what I did when I burned it to the flash drive. 

 

Any builds good to go from the Live CD?



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 12:41 AM

That's what I did, I used the Live CD version, I think. Pretty sure that's what I did when I burned it to the flash drive. 

 

Any builds good to go from the Live CD?

 

 

Linux Mint, as aforementioned, is pretty useable in the Live CD mode. It is extremely fast and elegant, while having most of the dependencies which you need for daily computing. 



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 10:07 PM

to get an advantage over the problem of the distro not being up to date, I recommend you visit distrowatch.com.  there is a list of the top 100 distro's on the right side of the page.  linux mint, already mentioned is #1.  that means it is getting alot of attention in the right places.  if you can get it to work for you, great.  I always say the one that works the best with the least amount of work is the one I want.  just try each one until you find the one that makes you happy.

 

I installed a few recently from disk, and a couple that I was impressed with were linux lite and manjaro.  the only thing I didn't like about both of these distro's was the thin scrollbar on the right.  there is supposed to be a way to make the scrollbar wider by editing a configuration file, but it didn't work.  I am really fussy about that kind of thing.  I think it was actually the computer that had a problem, not the distro.



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Posted 02 June 2013 - 01:40 PM

Have you tried the Universal USB Installer? You can set a cache to save all your changes, but it only works with Ubuntu.
 

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/

 

 

By the way you can easily install flash from the shell with "sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras".



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Posted 02 June 2013 - 03:33 PM

"Puppy Linux" has been the easiest ,fastest,most user friendly live distro that I have ever used.



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Posted 03 June 2013 - 08:25 PM

Have you tried the Universal USB Installer? You can set a cache to save all your changes, but it only works with Ubuntu.

 

USB Installer installs a ton of Live Distros (with persistance) including BT5-raw... my own version of BackTrack.

If you want a small, ultra secure Linux to play with i recomend and use LPS: http://www.spi.dod.mil/lipose.htm

Universal USB Installer: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/

 


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Posted 04 June 2013 - 02:17 PM

 

Have you tried the Universal USB Installer? You can set a cache to save all your changes, but it only works with Ubuntu.

 

USB Installer installs a ton of Live Distros (with persistance) including BT5-raw... my own version of BackTrack.

If you want a small, ultra secure Linux to play with i recomend and use LPS: http://www.spi.dod.mil/lipose.htm

Universal USB Installer: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/

 

 

 

UNetbootin is the one that only supports  Ubuntu for this. Hard to keep up with all the options out there. :P Btw Back|Track is based on Ubuntu with it's own special modifications (such as forensics mode). The new Kali Linux which replaces Back|Track is based on Debian.



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Posted 05 June 2013 - 06:51 PM

Any distro will do, as long as you can manage to make it persistent.
 
My approach and recommendation would be: LinuxLive USB Creator, which eases the process of making most distro's persistent for your usb stick/usb sticks.

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 11:51 PM

 

Have you tried the Universal USB Installer? You can set a cache to save all your changes, but it only works with Ubuntu.

 

USB Installer installs a ton of Live Distros (with persistance) including BT5-raw... my own version of BackTrack.

If you want a small, ultra secure Linux to play with i recomend and use LPS: http://www.spi.dod.mil/lipose.htm

Universal USB Installer: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/

 

 

Have you tried Pentoo yet?






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