This specifically relates to linux mint if the answers differe between flavours of linux.
1.Can live linux (or linux on a USb connected external hard-drive) run wine?
2.Can live linux (or linux on a USb connected external hard-drive) run within wine anything which would run in wine on an installed (to the main HDD, which mine won't be) linux system?
3.Can live linux copy and paste files from another USB stick being plugged in? If I plug in the USb with the live linux on it, boot from that and then want to plug in another USB with files on it to copy into the live linux can this be done? Can this all be done without in any way interfering with the computer's real internal hard-drive? And without interfering with BIOS, UEFI or anything else built into the computer itself?
4.Can live linux read and write cd and dvd discs placed in the computer's cd/dvd drive?
5.When updates to the linux operating system are needed, can live linux systems be updated or not?
6.Can live linux systems do this https://www.blender.org/manual/getting_started/installing_blender/linux.html ?there was a beter page about installing this software on linux mint but I can't find the link to it.
7.What should I do to make sure that when booting from a live linux USb stick and using it that I do not in any way mess up the windows installaion on my hard-drive or mess up any of the things hard-coded into the UEFI or motherboard?
8.What is the likelihood of severe problems being caused by trying to boot a live linux mint USB on an HP r218na Notebook laptop (my machine) which has UEFI and secure boot, but where secure boot can be disabled and the boot order can be easilt changed to put the USb drive at the top? What is the likelihood of severe problems being caused If I try to plug in another USB once I am booted into linux mint so I can copy some files from that USB onto the one which holds linux mint?*
9.What parts of the computers hardware will the live linux system be using? Obviously the screen and speakers and cpu, and fan, and USb ports and cd/dvd drive? But will the live system use the computer's built in RAM, or will it want to do anything with the computer's built in hard-drive? Will live linux system want to do anything to the other chips in the motherboard, or the tiny amounts of memory space held in some fo those chips?
10. Precisely what can installed linux do that live linux (or linux installed on an external HDD) cannot? What can linux installed on an external HDD do that live linux on a USB cannot?
11.Would it be better to test live linux on a VERY OLD desktop computer running windows Xp as it's OS? The excat type of this compuetr is unknown, I would guess it has a variety of parts from a variety of sources.
*From what I know linux live USB sticks hold a linux operating system, all the things needed to boot it, usually all the drivers one needs for working with the computer it is plugged into, plus some space for putting personal files which can be carried around with the linux OS on the same USb drive. Live linux treats the USB like an installed OS treats a computer's real hard-drive?
Edited by rp88, 27 May 2015 - 01:31 PM.