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Updates and Live USB

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I was just wondering, if I make a live USB of Mint to move from computer to computer, can I do updates to keep it current like a normal installation, and can I install software like Chromium browser to the live usb?

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Re: Updates and Live USB

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Live boot only loads in to RAM as far as I know. You can install software and it will run just fine but as soon as you turn the computer off their all gone :(
Its a great way to check out software before you commit to an install. You can save your personal files to the Windows C: drive! It will be visible in your home folder. I suppose that you could save an app with all of it's dependencies to the windows C: drive but I'm not sure if you could get Linux Mint to pull from it. Maybe someone else with more experience will chime in.
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Re: Updates and Live USB

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@felemur: using persistence, you can install software and keep that updated on your USB stick. The only thing you can't do are security updates and update the kernel.
Linux Mint 17.3 can use a persistent file called casper-rw which is limited to 4GB. Linux Mint 17.2 can use a persistent partition called casper-rw and can be as big as you want and use a file system of your choice.
The procedure to create a persistent USB is very simple using Unetbootin.
If you want a persistent partition then you have to do an extra step: delete the casper-rw file created with Unetbootin and name the partition casper-rw.
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Re: Updates and Live USB

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OK, thanks for both responses. I knew using the live .iso that nothing changed would stay once powered down. I was hoping to actually do an install to a SSD in an external enclosure that plugs into the USB. However, if I can't do security updates, then I'll have to pass on that idea. Thanks again.

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Actually, there shouldn't be a problem with doing a regular, full install to your external drive.
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Re: Updates and Live USB

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theStreak wrote:Actually, there shouldn't be a problem with doing a regular, full install to your external drive.
I just saw your response, thanks, I'll try it and reply back with the results.

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