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Portable Linux ?

Postby nicwillemse » Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:08 am

Would it be possible to add a feature where one could install to say usb portable drive ?

So giving a portable distro ?

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Re: Portable Linux ?

Postby dracorX » Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:33 am

nicwillemse wrote:Would it be possible to add a feature where one could install to say usb portable drive ?

So giving a portable distro ?

Thanks for the brilliant work guys!!!
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Well. I think no specialities are necessary? Just install on an usb portable drive (hd, I think) by specifying to use this disk (must be recognised from the beginning) and configure your pc bios to boot from usb first?

Although, if changing computers from time to time, I think the hardware recognition must be adapted...

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Postby Sorensei » Thu Nov 08, 2007 6:09 am

I'm not sure how long the usb drive would last with the swap partition on it... they do have a finite number of writes, after all... :?
Or I'm just over-pessimistic.
I don't have a solution, but I do admire the problem.

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Do they?

Postby dracorX » Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:21 am

Hey sorensei, I didn't know about a limited number? do you have further information about that?

anyway, with the sizes of todays usb sticks, using one of these would work...

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Postby nicwillemse » Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:03 am

I know this is possible, i know that PCLInuxOs offers the option.

The idea is that i can take my operating system where ever i go, and simply plug in my drive into a machine and get it to boot off my drive ?



You with me :?:

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Postby Sorensei » Thu Nov 08, 2007 9:24 am

DracorX,

I remember seeing it on the packaging of several drives. Here's a Wikipedia excerpt, which also gives us a kind of a workaround - obviously the idea is not new... :wink:
Like all flash memory devices, flash drives can sustain only a limited number of write and erase cycles before failure. Mid-range flash drives under normal conditions will support several hundred thousand cycles, although write operations will gradually slow as the device ages. This should be a consideration when using a flash drive to run application software or an operating system. To address this, as well as space limitations, some developers have produced special versions of operating systems (such as Linux) or commonplace applications (such as Mozilla Firefox) designed to run from flash drives. These are typically optimized for size and configured to place temporary or intermediate files in the computer's main RAM rather than store them temporarily on the flash drive.

Implied, if we want a "portable Mint" we''ll need to do some tinkering first... I've no idea how much, though, that's really not my forte. :(

On the other hand, I'm using a portable version of Firefox right now and it works well enough, despite some freezing tendencies with some websites (dilbert.com comes to mind) and the fact that updates take forever. Oh well. :roll:
I don't have a solution, but I do admire the problem.

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Postby nicwillemse » Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:17 pm

Ok & portable hard drives ? Like the notebook portable hard drives ?

Would it be possible to do it ? Difficult :?:

I think it would be great to take your full os including apps on a drive wherever you go !!!

What do u guys think ?

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Postby Ede » Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:02 pm

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LiveUsbPendrivePersistent

If anyone wants to see if this works with Mint, go right ahead. But let me know, since I maintain the guide for USB-linux here at the forum. :)

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Postby carlos » Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:18 pm

You can also search the forum, there were some entiprising souls who have tried this. So do a search.

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Postby nicwillemse » Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:28 am

great! thanks for all the support guys!

:)

I will definately keep you posted!


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