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Old 09-26-2004, 04:25 PM   #1
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My vision on a distro (USB)


Lately I have becomed aware of all theese usb pendrive things.

I am a norwegian that study in sweden, that makes it kind of obvious that I can't carry my computer with me whenever I go home to norway on vacation. So I suddently thought about what the USB pen drives could do for me.

USB pendrive 1 is 256 mb and contain the distro. Then I have a additional pendrive for my personal media and stuff.

My distro would be driven by one of the smaller linux desktops. For me the desktop isn't that much of a deal as long as I have the apps I need.

Browser: Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox, or Opera.
Chat and IM: Kopete/Gaim and xchat
Email: Any 'easy' mail client that does what I want it (get my mail and let me send mails)
Media players: amarok and mplayer
Other: General file browser, and general picture viewer app.

Of course that's just the applications I need. You would also need tons of system applications like hardware monitoring, a control center, networking, and such.

Does anyone know of a distro that could be stripped down to run on a usb pen drive? I would be perfectly able to strip down SuSE or Xandros, but I feel that their bottom layers are too heavy for a usb pendrive.
 
Old 09-26-2004, 04:27 PM   #2
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How do you plan to boot anything off a usb drive? Are you going to be using a boot floppy?
 
Old 09-26-2004, 04:39 PM   #3
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How do you plan to boot anything off a usb drive? Are you going to be using a boot floppy?
Isn't it possible to boot from usb drives?
 
Old 09-26-2004, 04:45 PM   #4
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Yes if you have a motherboard that allows it but i have yet to own a computer or see one that has such features. Odds are the computers you will be using will not support such an exotic feature.
 
Old 09-26-2004, 07:33 PM   #5
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I have aseen a lot of the nForce boards support it. Im sure the newer Intel ones do as well.
 
Old 09-26-2004, 07:40 PM   #6
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won't Slax run on a pen drive?

http://slax.linux-live.org/doc_install.php#inst2flash

This might be more relevant:

http://slax.linux-live.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1185

Last edited by IRIGHTI; 09-26-2004 at 07:50 PM.
 
Old 09-27-2004, 05:03 AM   #7
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The XFCE live desktop fits is a CD live distro that fits on a 240MB (I think) .iso, based on Knoppix. They7 also have SAM, based on Mandrake using XFCE

This might be more useful, as more PCs will support booting from a CD-ROM.

Go to www.xfce.org for more details/downloads.
 
Old 09-27-2004, 12:46 PM   #8
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for size wise, use firefox.

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Old 10-23-2004, 12:41 AM   #9
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Zipslack... www.slackware.com
it is an option...!
 
Old 10-23-2004, 03:00 AM   #10
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id get slax+miniCD
 
Old 10-23-2004, 04:41 AM   #11
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MandrakeMove is designed so that you carry the cd and a pen drive with you and the pen drive holds all your files and settings. Therefore, when you boot up, you are always running your system.
 
Old 10-24-2004, 09:05 AM   #12
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It's a Linux technical question, so the thread has been moved to Linux-Distributions.
 
  


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