I have a number of Linux Live USB and Live CD/DVD solutions in place, mostly featuring Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS Trusty Tahr, and Linux Mint 17 Qiana Mate. These to show my brother-in-law on my next trip to Brisbane.
However, before Admin consider moving me to the Live Linux subfork, that is not necessary, I believe, as my questions are related, but also different to Topic questions and Posts that arise in this part of the world. Of course I will follow Admin's lead, but here goes.
The live environments I have set up are on 4 and 8 GB USB sticks, and can be made bootable through the usual temporary boot order alteration (F key). Similarly with the DVDs, some are Read only, others rewritable. Most are 32-bit, for my brother-in-law is running Windows XP SP3, and if I use a DVD option with him it would be read-only (closed session), and in any event, USB or DVD, I will leave the medium/media with him, because I ain't taking no viruses or malware home with me, thank you very much (even though Linux is as safe as houses, for the larger part).
Where my questions arise that diverge from Linux Live options is to do with the following:
At this point I should tell you that I got these ideas from reading rp88's Topic, just gone Hot, here.
And the input from pcpunk at #15 and subsequently cat1092 at #16 set me to thinking.
Q1. Can I put more than one Linux Distro (eg the abovementioned pair), along with files I have created, onto a USB stick to go? I have just purchased a 64GB stick, a size I previously would never have dreamed would become available a few years ago.
Q2. Will it have (or can I have) a Grub-style startup Menu to choose which Distro to work with?
Q3. If I format the drive (currently showing as file type ms-dos) am I best off formatting it eg vfat32, NTFS, Ext4 &c, bearing in mind that I want to use it cross-platform, and can I do all this using a GPartedLive CD I have?
In all likelihood, by or before 128GB sticks become readily available, I would like to be able to port my 3 current Distros and all files (likely with a shared Home Directory I have yet to standardise and share (currently using my 3TB external HDD for Home-like stuff as well as backup, imaging &c) onto a stick, and become "Have System Will Travel", lol.
Q4. I am also looking to Test Drive 2 - 3 different Distros, at least one (1) RPM-based, in the next few weeks, purely for Home use at this point in time, and NickAu1 you have mentioned recently about formatting sticks to Ext4 for perhaps a compatible purpose? Again, if I can put them on one stick (I have a 16GB spare), the question about a Grub menu arises?
OK, that's a lot to ask, and perhaps I was premature in paragraph 2 about asking for this to remain in "Linux Main", but I see very little "Live" content here.
Chris Cosgrove - are you out there? And should the Topic be split? Thanks.
rp88 for his Topic, whereby I got the ideas running
pcpunk for explaining how he does things and as always,
cat1092 for his input.
Edited by wizardfromoz, 30 November 2014 - 02:37 AM.