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Old 02-03-2009, 09:07 AM   #1
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Question Booting Ubuntu from a 2GB thumb drive


I've got an old Win NT system and I was wanted to boot Ubuntu on it, but there is no hard drive. I've got a 2GB thumb drive that I'd like to use to use as a live boot. I'm running WinXP and I'm not allowed to load a different OS, my question was: What is the process for making a live boot USB on a Windows computer? I have had zero experience with any version of Linux, this is a whole new playing field for me, any help you guys offer is greatly appreciated! Thanks!!
 
Old 02-03-2009, 09:11 AM   #2
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Have a look at pendrivelinux.com. It will tell you how to load your thumb drive in Windows to boot into Linux.
 
Old 02-03-2009, 09:24 AM   #3
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Talking

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Have a look at pendrivelinux.com. It will tell you how to load your thumb drive in Windows to boot into Linux.
Awesome! Thank you!
 
Old 02-03-2009, 09:28 PM   #4
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I've got an old Win NT system and I was wanted to boot Ubuntu on it.
Will your system boot a USB flash drive? I had thought that it was around 2002 that computers started coming out with this as a selectable feature. You could find if your computer does in fact support this by looking for a boot menu during the first few moments after turning on your machine, or by entering your BIOS during the early portion of booting and manually looking for USB related options regarding the device boot order.

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What is the process for making a live boot USB on a Windows computer?
Unetbootin, the multi-platform ISO installer, is fairly trouble free for most people, and easy. Though I haven't yet successfully used it myself a simple walk-through can be found at the application's homepage or by cross-referencing the distribution of your choice with the string Unetbootin on the search engine of your choosing.

Though other installers exist that may be suitable to your needs, some may be distribution specific or GNU/Linux based. In addition to Ubuntu Live other smaller and more resource economical options are available (Pendrivelinux, Damn Small Linux or Puppy Linux by example).

U4LINUX2 has a good thread going called Downloading Linux to flash drive, it has additional links, too.

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I have had zero experience with any version of Linux, this is a whole new playing field for me.
I don't know if you enjoy reading books of a technical nature or you're more of a hands-on type of person who learns as they go, one almost needs to be a little of both, but finding books about what makes GNU/Linux unique was very helpful to me when I was just getting started.
 
Old 02-04-2009, 08:19 AM   #5
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Ok, it didn't work for just a few reasons,

1. You were right GibNode, the first thing I did was change the boot priority and USB or external wasn't on the list

2. It needs an actual master drive to boot from.

Dad's probably got an old HD lying around so I'll be good!


GibNode:

I'm hands on mostly but I read books too, Dad is ordering some online so I'll have some material soon! lol

Thanks guys!


Dave
 
Old 02-07-2009, 09:20 PM   #6
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I've been reposting these links a lot so I ask for the forum's tolerance in regards to their repetition.

DAV1D, the Introduction to Linux: A Hands on Guide and The Linux System Administrator's Guide can make for very helpful reading. These also provide as good reference material due to their public accessibility. So, for instance, you could ask any question you might have and we could all have access to the same cited material that could have prompted the question. Both online documents and much more can be found at The Linux Documentation Project.

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I don't know if you enjoy reading books of a technical nature or you're more of a hands-on type of person.
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I'm hands on mostly but I read books too, Dad is ordering some online so I'll have some material soon!
That's great about the books!

Since you're acclimated slightly toward being a hands-on type of person who learns by doing I'd recommend trying to learn about the environments you'll shortly find yourself in. While navigating a Graphical User Interface -GUI- is likely well within your experience, using a shell might not be.

Though, far more relevant than its Microsoft peer, the popular Bash -Bourne-Again SHell- used in Linux has similarities to Microsoft's MS-DOS insofar as they are both Command Line Interfaces -CLI-. Tuxfiles has a very brief listing of essential commands for the interface on their page The humble Linux cheat sheet. While, as it regards Bash shell documentation you'll probably want to see Viewing and searching the man pages. For further reading you might try the whole of their An introduction to the Linux command line listings.

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It needs an actual master drive to boot from.
It sound like you know about the master and slave dichotomy so you'll know that you can install a second hard disk drive along with the preexisting one if for instance you wanted to duel boot both the existing Microsoft Windows XP and the GNU/Linux distribution of your choice. Each on separate drives. GNU/Linux is flexible in this way allowing for a variety of install options.
 
Old 02-07-2009, 10:47 PM   #7
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I recently downloaded Slackware to a flash drive. They provided a boot.bat file with it. I put it in a P4 I have. The BIOS allowed me to change to USB and I just clicked on the boot.batch and voila..I can run Slackware right of the USB, don't have to load it to a hard drive. So you may want to checkout www.slackware.com also.
 
  


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