Tech Tip: Quick Guide to Running Linux From a USB Drive

By Erik ยท 11 replies
Apr 29, 2014
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  1. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,869   +1,288

    Thanks for this piece..I'd been curious about checking out some new distros after a long while. As is (still) typical with Linux, I hadn't come across a nice step-by-step guide to making a bootable USB distro. I'd never even *heard* about the LinuxLive option which seems very cool. Even after all these years the lack of simple, easy-to-find info on installing and using Linux is STILL its single biggest obstacle for mass adoption.
  2. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,283   +242

    Ubuntu Linux can be run from a cd.
  3. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,301   +428

    Linux has too many flavors
  4. RenGood08

    RenGood08 TS Booster Posts: 185   +13

    I use VMPlayer and run most of my virtual machines on it. I have a back-up PC that is Linux. I have an external hard drive that is jam packed with a bunch of things I use. I recently got a second one from school. Might put all my VMs on that one and primarily school work and miscellaneous things on the other lol.
  5. I've been running Mint from an external drive for years now. Wonderful tech tool.
  6. As someone who often has to fix other people's PC's, having a copy of GNU/Linux on USB stick is invaluable.

    When Windows users see how easy and safe to use Linux is, they want me to install it for them ;)
  7. Recommending GeeXboX for multimedia purposes.
  8. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,003   +656

    Sounds like there might be a promising technique for rescuing or salvaging a hard drive. Do any of these distros provide tools which would be helpful with a NTFS drive?
  9. Linux the most wasted time from your life
  10. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I may have to try this out. I have been liking Linux lately.
  11. TheDreams

    TheDreams TS Addict Posts: 631   +68

    I was going to try it out, but when tails(ISO) was downloading on my computer when it was about finished I got error downloading, thoughts?
    Redownloading now

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