Linux-compatable USB Flash Drive
I'm looking for a - wait for it - Linux-compatible USB storage device. I've searched a few brand names and browsed bestbuy.com's listing, but I'm still not sure which product I want.
- It needs to be recognized by both Windows and Linux without installing any drivers - I mean come on, that would just defeat the purpose of having a mobile flash drive.
- Only one or two of the brands I saw explicitly claimed to support Linux. Is it likely that I'll have problems with the others, or can I assume that they'll all work with enough coaxing?
- Will a file created under Linux and stored on the device be transferable to Windows (and visa-versa), or would something about the partitioning prohibit that? I'm a newbie, remember, I don't know much about getting different partition formats to cooperate.
- It should have a decent transfer speed. I read somewhere that the Cyclone devices can obtain speeds of up to 20MB/s, which sounds just insane. I guess anything faster than a CD is fine - it doesn't matter that much so long as it isn't ridiculously limiting.
- While size isn't a huge issue, I'd prefer something that has a lanyard and wouldn't be easily crushed in my book bag. I'll buy a USB extension cord if it won't fit directly in my school's computers' ports.
In addition to transferring files to an existing Linux box, I'd like to put a bootable live distribution on the flash drive itself. Am I correct in assuming that whether or not I can accomplish this is only dependant on the BIOS, and not the stick itself? If so, I won't worry about it until later.
What types of flash keys have been known to work well? Is there any additional information I should research?