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Linux on USB?





janolsen
Many good distros are now on CDs without needing to install, are there any distributions that can easily boot from USB as well?
Ankhanu
Pretty sure just about any of them will boot from USB; you just have to format the stick so that it's bootable, I believe.
cybersa
It is possible.
I have Puppy Linux on Pendrive.

Try this,This will help you to install.
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/
weableandbob
Yeah, they should pretty much all work assuming you have a bootable flashdrive.
thnn
This program is awesome for creating them

http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
Petee
thnn wrote:
This program is awesome for creating them

http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/


Agreed. I've used this many times with various distros. You can download many distro images from directly inside the program, or you can select an .iso you already have.

The main requirement with booting from a flash drive is a bios that supports doing that. Most systems (I'd guess last 5 years or so) can do it no problem. Older systems may not support it. Check your boot order in the bios to make sure booting from a USB device is an option.
BadBBilly
If you need a quick repair tool or access your files outside of OS try http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download

Tutorials included in link for creating CD or USB installs.

Helped me out of a few OS issues, great for recovering personal files when unable to access current OS.

Cheers,
welshsteve
There are a few that will run direct from USB. These are small distributions and not fully blown. The best known as far as I am aware are:

* Puppy Linux
* Damn Small Linux (known as DSL)

There are probably loads more other I suspect.
silverdown
Interesting I may have to try puppy linux
cresvale
some linux can be installed in USB.
cybersa
cresvale wrote:
some linux can be installed in USB.

All popular Linux can be installed in USB.
the-guide
Once I have run it on dvd but I don't know before that Linux can be run on USB as well, very interesting, I will try it soon.
Thanks for all useful comment.

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malaysia
there are lot of linux that can be install and run from usb drive. you can chose what distro you want appropriate with your usb capacity. but some of the distros have some compatiblity issues with computer device. like graphics card. network card etc.. if your computer base on intel graphics chipset, your can try Slax linux. It beautiful.
Josso
Yes, this is possible with Ubuntu. Just stick it on the drive, then tell BIOS to boot your USB first.
Adiiforu
I have a utility called multiboot. It does everything automatically. It even downloads the ISO's if necessary, plus even makes live drive for antivirus scan.

I think it was pendrivelinux.com
ak97
Adiiforu wrote:
I have a utility called multiboot. It does everything automatically. It even downloads the ISO's if necessary, plus even makes live drive for antivirus scan.

I think it was pendrivelinux.com





Exactly! I have a netbook with ubuntu linux installed with Usb. You can also try a live version in usb. Universal usb Installer from http://pendrivelinux.com is perfect for all the distro to boot from usb. You just to have distro's ISO. Then change the boot order in BIOS. Thats all !!
rodexa
janolsen wrote:
Many good distros are now on CDs without needing to install, are there any distributions that can easily boot from USB as well?

http://software.opensuse.org/121/en

Look under Live Gnome or Live KDE
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