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    USB-thumbdrive for older computers

    Hi there,

    I'm looking for a lightweight linux distro that will fit on a USB-drive and will keep any data/programs installed on it. What distro do you recommend? I've heard about DSL, Slitaz and Puppy linux. Are those good?
    I have Ubuntu installed right now and i'm not very tech-savvy, so are there some easy tools to create a persistent lightweight Live-USB?
    Are there any requirements for the USB-stick? (apart from the size, ofcourse :P )

    I've also heard that some older computers (like the ones on my school :P ) can't boot from USB and need a CD to boot from, is this true and can a Live-cd be made persistent?

    Thanks for your help,

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2004
    arch linux
    Welcome to the forums!

    I've never done what you are wanting to do, but take a look here for lots of info on putting distros on usb flash drives:

    Boot and run Linux from a USB flash memory stick | USB Pen Drive Linux

    Hope it helps!

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    Linux Guru reed9's Avatar
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    Feb 2009
    Boston, MA
    It's true that older computers may not be able to boot from a USB drive, and it is possible to have a persistent live CD. The settings can be stored on your harddrive or on an external storage device.

    Here is some info on making a persistent Ubuntu live cd, for example.

    Of the three lightweight distros you mentioned, Puppy is probably the most complete desktop out of the box, and the easiest for a new person. But I recommend trying them all, if you're able. I'd throw in the option of TinyCore Linux as well.
    Welcome to Tiny Core Linux
    Tiny Core: The Little Distro That Could | Linux Magazine

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