Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Linux on USB flash drives

I've been having a blast testing a couple of Linux distributions, but this time using 1 or 2 GB USB flash drives instead of burning a bunch of CDs that end up in the waste basket... Plus booting from a USB drive is much faster than doing so from a CD or DVD.

The tools you need:
  1. UNetbootin
  2. the ISO image of your distribution of choice
True, if you have broadband or you could let UNetbootin download it (#2) for you, but I'd recommend you to check if there's a fast(er) server than the preset servers of UNetbootin.

A last piece of advice: try to stick to the "Default" boot option of the UNetbootin boot loader. Trying a couple of distros with other options messed things up and the distro couldn't finish booting. Had to restart (CTRL+ALT+DEL) and try the default option.

Another valuable source is http://www.pendrivelinux.com/ ; do check it out if you want to learn more about putting Linux on pen/flash/usb drives! ;-)

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