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If you use slax, which is a derivative of slackware, you can format the stick ext3, and use lilo as the bootloader. Once you've extracted the contents of the slax archive to the usbstick, you run liloinst.sh (a script which includes a lilo.conf (which you can adjust to your needs.))
If you need to make any changes in the future, lilo style, you simply adjust the script.
Also, this will all work (though not using lilo, but another script) if the stick is formatted fat32. The "persistent-changes" section of the slax webpage is incomplete, however you can find out more on:
which was created and maintained by the chap responsible for slax.
Last edited by mrclisdue; 01-26-2009 at 05:59 AM.
Reason: additional info