tronisus wrote:Not necessarily and that's the whole point of this thread. If you create a PERSONALISED non persistent pen then you can have the best of both worlds.
There are also several other interesting uses for a personalised non persistent pen (especially if you're one of those people who are obsessed about the government spying on you) but I'll leave that to your imagination (the uses vary from legitimate concern with privacy to the darkest corners of the human mind). Don't forget that if you use such a pen in conjunction with a laptop that has no drives at all there are simply no traces of what you did with it. You can also use it on computers that are not yours with no risks of leaving anything on those computers or catching anything from them.
Well, I have considered all these concerns and uses in the past when I was just starting out with Linux. For me it was about the need for a Linux OS on a flash drive without disturbing my Windows system. I soon realized it was very limiting and decided to do dual-booting.
You have a point about the need for a personalized pen drive. I can imagine hackers having a hard time injecting unwanted files without the user's permission. But that's all speculation, anyway. Very few know how to detect or figure whether any system has security holes in it or not. However, it's better than taking no precautions at all.
My idea of a personalized usb is one that can be made out of a Linux Mint ISO, for example: Apply persistence once, then stop it after the personalization process is done. (I don't know if this can be done.) And in addition, the personalization should only be on things like bookmarks, usernames, passwords, wallpaper background, icons on favorites and panels, etc. It should stop from saving driver configuration. This is better than having to install the OS on a hard drive, then produce an iso out of it. I don't know. I have to explore this further when I have the time.
To me any Linux Mint ISO is fine in itself because when booted on a usb or CD it detects hardware and applies the appropriate drivers for one-use usb live experience. Meaning, it applies the right display resolution when booted in any machine that is not new. Problem is once you add persistence, it not only saves bookmarks, etc., but the driver configuration. There has to be a way not to.