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[#] Sat Feb 21 2009 03:20:42 EST from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Can someone recommend a distro that will run off a 8GB flash drive on a laptop? :D

[#] Sat Feb 21 2009 05:44:06 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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eeebuntu?



[#] Sat Feb 21 2009 08:34:41 EST from rod @ Uncensored

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DSL? (Damn Small Linux) Only a 50mb download away.

[#] Sat Feb 21 2009 10:07:26 EST from Harbard @ Uncensored

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If you can find it, check out the January 2009 issue of "Linux Format".  The cover feature is about installing to a USB stick.  When I was using Ubuntu 8.10, there was even on option in the menus to do this for you automatically.  I'm not sure if this is standard or just part of the respin I was using.

 

The problem with DSL (Damn Small Linux) is it uses an older version of the kernel due to space limitations.  This might not be an issue for you, but I couldn't get it to work on my laptop.



[#] Sat Feb 21 2009 12:56:48 EST from rod @ Uncensored

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You could use unetbootin to put just about any live distro on the flash. I can't say it will run "well" though - that sounded like one of your prerequisites.
http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

[#] Sat Feb 21 2009 16:01:22 EST from Harbard @ Uncensored

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You can't just install it like a regular distro either.  thumbdrives have a limited number of writes to each memory cell.  Linux does A LOT of writes to the file system.  You need to configure it correctly or you will "burn out" your device in short order.

 



[#] Sat Feb 21 2009 19:07:46 EST from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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OK, so Linux on a Thumbdrive isn't a good idea? :(

[#] Sat Feb 21 2009 19:32:56 EST from rod @ Uncensored

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Generally, no. But if you have a spare USB drive you don't mind giving a death sentence to - by all means. It should last a few months or so depending on the brand/quality.

[#] Sat Feb 21 2009 20:06:27 EST from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Dangit, and here I thought I'd found a way to run Linux on my only computer ... :(

[#] Sat Feb 21 2009 20:24:58 EST from rod @ Uncensored

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I just defragged XP and popped in the ubuntu CD. It handled everything and once it was done installing I had a dual boot system with everything configured. You really only have to give linux about 20GB to get going, you don't need the huge amount of space to be productive like XP.
I'm in ubuntu right now and rarely use XP. I only boot XP when work requires it, but I'm thinking of installing vmware workstation and just VM'ing my work PC when I need it and going straight linux.
If you don't like it, all you have to do is reformat the partition. The only cons to that is not having a contiguous partion (you'll have atleast 2) and you'll still have grub - which you can remove and revert back to the XP loader; it just takes some extra work (minor).

[#] Sat Feb 21 2009 22:43:20 EST from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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I don't have a spare 20GB to give Linux to get it going. At most, I have maybe 6GB, spread across four different NTFS partitions. Not to mention, my current HDD is failing and I don't have money to get a new one. Stupid 2.5" 80GB drives ... :p

[#] Sat Feb 21 2009 23:06:42 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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You can find USB hard drives.  They're a little larger than a USB stick, but they don't suffer from the aforementioned problems.



[#] Sat Feb 21 2009 23:18:49 EST from rod @ Uncensored

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I recommend you invest in a new hard drive for your PC before you start trying to make a linux usb.

[#] Sun Feb 22 2009 01:23:21 EST from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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If I had the money for a new HDD, I'd get that. but I don't. The USB flashdrive I have was a freebie I got...

[#] Sun Feb 22 2009 01:43:29 EST from rod @ Uncensored

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You could always run off a live distribution an save to USB. At least untill you get a HD.

[#] Sun Feb 22 2009 01:51:34 EST from Harbard @ Uncensored

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Actually, Linux on a thumbdrive is NOT a bad idea...you just have to configure it correctly.  Turn of journaling, etc...you can set it up mount the hard drive of the computer you are using, so you can save files.  I've considered doing it, because at work we only have some lame ass WindowsXP boxes that we share.  I would love to be able to us my own desktop and decent tools. I am stuck with Outlook and Ms Office200?



[#] Sun Feb 22 2009 02:08:11 EST from rod @ Uncensored

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You could also use and iPod as a drive too. They are usually a lot faster than your average USB drive. I have never done this personally, but I've heard it done and I've seen quite a few tutorials on the net.

[#] Sun Feb 22 2009 08:43:22 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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do you have a cdrom at hand? you could then run knoppix from there, and make its 'hdd install' to the stick.



[#] Fri Feb 27 2009 00:17:47 EST from isoroku @ Uncensored

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So we picked up an HP Mini this past weekend. It is running Linux out of the box, which is really cool. We got it for my wife to use. She seems happy with it so far. I haven't play with it much myself yet, but it seems like a nice little computer.

[#] Sat Feb 28 2009 15:20:51 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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sort of did the same too.

my EEE 701 started 'loosing' his wlan card so I gave it away for service... but 14 days...

So, I bought an acer aspire one L

With the original os it took amazing 15 seconds to boot...

(actualy its running ... you guess it... debian now, and probably not booting that fast anymore..)

I started the one up in the shop, and was realy amazed. all the mini wintendos arround it were sloooouuuwww compared to it.

Plus... in comparizon to the eee it has bigger keys which is quiet good.



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