Anyone have experience with putting LINUX Ubantu on a thumb drive

Discussion in 'Technology / Science' started by Colo MMJ, Apr 13, 2018.

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    Colo MMJ

    Colo MMJ Well-Known Member

    I am buying a small laptop that has shit Windows 10. I want to be able to boot to LINUX from a thumb drive and not wipe he hard drive.
     
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    Fubard

    Fubard Well-Known Member

    Get something like Linux Mint (It's wot we use here) and install it alongside Windows so you have a "dual boot" system, no need to wipe the hard disk at all.

    The install will guide you through everything simply.
     
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    Colo MMJ

    Colo MMJ Well-Known Member

    Thanks. :-)
     
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    greg nr

    greg nr Well-Known Member

    I've done it. It's fairly straightforwards but the performance will be low. If all you want is a browser without any storage it will run fine.

    One thing to be careful of is that it will mount your local hard drive, but it won't write to it unless you tell it to.

    Just don't think it will let you browse anonymously. The only thing this gets you is protection from viruses being injected to your base system or any logging from your employer....

    Oh, and btw, it's called Ubuntu.
     
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    Cx2H

    Cx2H Well-Known Member

    Get Rufus and you can put any O's on a flash drive. You may need to make a couple of tweaks to make it persistent.

    I normally keep my favorite *nix on a thumb drive encrypted
     
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    Skeet Kuhn Dough

    Skeet Kuhn Dough Well-Known Member

    Yeah, go with Linux Mint.
     
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    choomer

    choomer Well-Known Member

    Try YUMI.

    It a Windows multiboot USB creator that lists a lot of distros and utilities to boot from USB.
    It will list all tested distros/utilities and autospawn a browser to their download page and then set them up in a nice Grub4DOS menu for you to choose which you'd like to boot w/ a 30 second timeout default to boot the OS on 1st hard drive if none are selected.

    It's really good for booting antivirus scanners so you're sure you're not having an infection hidden from you by an infected OS.

    Try the persistent file if you want to keep preferences.
     

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