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Jimmer321
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New Idea

Post by Jimmer321 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:09 pm

Something I would like to see is an ISO file that would create Mint2Go. This would allow you to make a fully functioning Linux Mint that would install on a usb stick. This would allow you to install apps and keep some of your data on the stick. As far as I know with the bootable stick for installing you can not add software to it or remove software from it so you cant customize your st an OS. This would be nice for people on the go that have access to computers that are running other O.S.'s and may not have the software you need or you use.

Thanks to all that worked on Mint to make it what it is a beautiful smooth running OS.

Just a idea.

athi
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Re: New Idea

Post by athi » Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:21 pm

You can install Mint on external drive with the current installer. Just have to install boot loader on external drive MBR or EFI partition (for GPT).
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Re: New Idea

Post by majpooper » Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:09 pm

Jimmer321 wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:09 pm
Something I would like to see is an ISO file that would create Mint2Go. This would allow you to make a fully functioning Linux Mint that would install on a usb stick. This would allow you to install apps and keep some of your data on the stick. As far as I know with the bootable stick for installing you can not add software to it or remove software from it so you cant customize your st an OS. This would be nice for people on the go that have access to computers that are running other O.S.'s and may not have the software you need or you use.

Thanks to all that worked on Mint to make it what it is a beautiful smooth running OS.

Just a idea.
Great idea - it is done all the time. if you search this forum with "persistent usb" you will finds tons of information and some HOW TOs.
I have never done it so cannot speak from experience but I seem to recall that the host computer's BIOS (I.e. the particular PC you end up trying boot from) in some cases can prevent you from booting up the Mint2Go usb as you call it (good name btw).
Anyway here is just one thread of many on how to accomplish what you are asking about.
viewtopic.php?f=46&t=298391&p=1662552&h ... b#p1662552

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Re: New Idea

Post by phd21 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:46 pm

Hi Jimmer321,

Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux Mint and its excellent forum!

I just read your post and the good replies to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well.

There are 2 commonly used options for doing what you suggested:

1.) If you have a USB stick that is 16gb or larger and 32gb or larger is better, then you can easily fully install Linux Mint to that USB stick during a regular install and it will work as if it was installed to a hard drive. Recommend using a fast and durable USB stick, or create a bootable partition on a USB external drive, ext4 file system format, and install to that partition.

2.) If you want to be able to install Linux Mint and have the ability to make changes and add some applications and have them available after restarting (rebooting) any computer with your USB stick, then create a USB stick with "persistence" which is easy to do using "unetbootin", "multisystem", "Multiboot USB", etc... with up to 4gb of persistent space. To get a USB stick to use more than 4gb of persistent space requires a little more effort but it can also be done.

There are many posts on these topics already in this forum.
[Tutorial] Live usb with persistence over 4GB - Linux Mint Forums
viewtopic.php?f=42&t=229086&hilit=usb+persistence


Hope this helps ...
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