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Live USB Thumb Drive of All Flavors of Mint

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Hello, I'm trying to be an evangelist for Mint, and think it would be really cool to have Mint in my pocket on a Live USB at all times. A lot of people have sort of heard of Linux but haven't seen it in action. If I have Mint on a USB, then I can demo it at the drop of a hat when Linux comes up in conversation.

It's easy enough to download Mint MATE, Cinnamon, KDE and XFCE ISOs and put each individually on USB with Unetbootin. But what about letting friends test drive ALL FOUR? How can I put all on a live USB, so that I can let people test drive all of them off of one liveUSB? On a full installation, one can install all desktops and select the one to use at login, can't this be done with a liveUSB?

I would demo a just 32bit Mint to accomodate the lowest common denominator processor.

Wouldn't this be a cool download option, so people have all desktops at their disposal to try out?

Has anyone one put all four desktops onto a liveUSB? Any guidance would be appreciated.

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Allegedly, YUMI (http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/) will allow you to do this... I have tried it... and failed miserably! Maybe you can get it to work for you... 8)

If you get it to work, post the secret here - I'd love to make a multiboot USB! :mrgreen:
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Re: Live USB Thumb Drive of All Flavors of Mint

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OK, I will check into YUMI.

Something that has occurred to me since posting is that once you install any flavor of mint, adding the other three desktop environments is really adding a few (albeit hundreds) of additional files to create the additional desktop interfaces.

But under the desktop, the core functionality of mint is the same. The desktops just present the functionalities in different ways. Infact everything can be done SANS DT enviro if you want.

After an installation of Mint MATE, I can add KDE, Cinnamon and XFCE and select either at login. So could I not unetbootin MATE to a USB, run it, and then add each of them to my USB in the same way using apt or Synaptic?

I have read about people who have a fully customized version of their fav linux on a USB, complete with storage space for the files they need to carry around. Since a USB remains writable, I would think all of the desktops could be added, too.

Thoughts?
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Re: Live USB Thumb Drive of All Flavors of Mint

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marietta_greg wrote:
It's easy enough to download Mint MATE, Cinnamon, KDE and XFCE ISOs and put each individually on USB with Unetbootin. But what about letting friends test drive ALL FOUR? How can I put all on a live USB, so that I can let people test drive all of them off of one liveUSB?

I would demo a just 32bit Mint to accomodate the lowest common denominator processor.

Wouldn't this be a cool download option, so people have all desktops at their disposal to try out?

Has anyone one put all four desktops onto a liveUSB? Any guidance would be appreciated.
This is what I have, create a multiboot USB flash with many iso.


If you are interest, read my post here:
http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=139258&hilit=+multiboot+usb#p740967
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Re: Live USB Thumb Drive of All Flavors of Mint

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This does exactly what you're looking for: [url=http://liveusb.info/dotclear/index.php?pages/install]MultiSystem[/url]

Have used it myself -- it does work.
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gold_finger wrote:This does exactly what you're looking for: [url=http://liveusb.info/dotclear/index.php?pages/install]MultiSystem[/url]

Have used it myself -- it does work.
I see that it is in french. do you know off-hand if it would also be in english?
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If you scroll down the page a bit, you will see a box for Google Translate (along the right side) that you can use to translate the page to English. Also, here is a youtube video tutorial (in English) that may be useful:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2k1cORSsZ4
I just took a quick glance at it and it seems like a reasonable tutorial. You can do another youtube search for more tutorials if that one isn't a good one.
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Jerry wrote:
gold_finger wrote:This does exactly what you're looking for: [url=http://liveusb.info/dotclear/index.php?pages/install]MultiSystem[/url]

Have used it myself -- it does work.
I see that it is in french. do you know off-hand if it would also be in english?
Nice easy to use once setup correctly.- yes in english.
http://goo.gl/DXKgM LinuxMint tutorials.
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Re: Live USB Thumb Drive of All Flavors of Mint

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I have used MultiSystem and Easy2Boot. I have not tried YUMI.

MultiSystem works fine but when you delete an iso file it still shows up in the menu when you boot it. I think you might be able to edit grub and fix it but I have not tried it. If you install a new iso after you delete one it might not be all in one piece and if so, It will not run.

Easy2Boot is a windows program. I don't have windows on my computer so my son makes my Easy2Boot ThumbDrives for me and I add the iso files that I want. If I delete a file it is removed from the menu. If I delete a file, other than the last one I loaded, I run the risk of not having it all in one peice. The last time I did that I couldn't boot that file so I deleted all of the iso files and re-coppied the ones I wanted. It was pretty fast.

I have an 8GB ThumbDrive with 7 Linux iso files on it. I think that if we had a Linux multi boot program that used ext2 or ext4, we wouldn't have the problem that the others have.
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I have a USB drive with 8 different Ubuntu based OSs on it, all of which I added manually to a USB to which I had installed grub 2 manually.

All the info about this is at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1288604 and you will need to see the Configuration (no Lua support) section for the entries needed in the grub.cfg file.
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ajgreeny wrote:I have a USB drive with 8 different Ubuntu based OSs on it, all of which I added manually to a USB to which I had installed grub 2 manually.

All the info about this is at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1288604 and you will need to see the Configuration (no Lua support) section for the entries needed in the grub.cfg file.
Very interesting -- thanks for posting that. Gonna have to try that out.
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