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Old 12-14-2015, 10:16 AM   #1
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I"m trying linux mint on a USB drive. I have already get to the stage where I successfully booted up into the system. I installed Kodi (known as XBMC) so that I can bring it with me anywhere I go and run it from my flash drive. However, when I boot it up again, everything seem to be reset to the original place. Is there anyway that I can install Kodi to my USB (running linux) permanently and not having to reinstall it everytime I boot up the system. A portable version would be great too. Could you guys please help me with this. I'm a newbie so please put the instruction in details.
Thank you !!!
 
Old 12-14-2015, 11:37 AM   #2
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Are you using Mint or Kodi as a Live CD on a flash drive? How did you put it on the flash drive? If this is what you are using, then any changes you make to it will be lost on reboot. That's by design. You can also use a Live CD on a CD/DVD or flash drive to do a full install to another usb drive or a flash drive. It isn't clear from your post what you have done. If you do an install, do not put any proprietary drivers on the system and you should then be able to use it on multiple computer.
 
Old 12-14-2015, 11:43 AM   #3
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Are you using Mint or Kodi as a Live CD on a flash drive? How did you put it on the flash drive? If this is what you are using, then any changes you make to it will be lost on reboot. That's by design. You can also use a Live CD on a CD/DVD or flash drive to do a full install to another usb drive or a flash drive. It isn't clear from your post what you have done. If you do an install, do not put any proprietary drivers on the system and you should then be able to use it on multiple computer.
I'm using mint as a live cd on a flash drive. I used universal usb installer to put it into my usb. I just want to some how have kodi in my usb. So when i boot up linux. Kodi should ready be there and ready to use.
 
Old 12-14-2015, 11:51 AM   #4
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It is possible to do that sort of thing: it's called making a persistent USB
http://tuxtweaks.com/2014/03/create-...tent-live-usb/
but some people seem to have problems
http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopi...8212&p=1029081

A better best would be to get Puppy Linux. That's actually designed to run from USB rather than being installed and it loads into the memory when you boot, which gives you a much faster system that running directly over a USB connection. It also has Kodi available.
http://puppylinux.org/main/Overview2...%20Started.htm
 
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Old 12-14-2015, 11:59 AM   #5
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I've already do some research on persistent thinggy. But it just seem really confusing because all it did was basically pit linux into a usb and boot from. Which I have already done. The problem is how to get kodi stay permanently in the usb everytime I boot it up.
And I don't know how to proceed if i want to go with the other route. Could you please explain it in more details. Thank you so much.
 
Old 12-14-2015, 02:50 PM   #6
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If you have Mint as a Live CD on a flash drive, then it is a read-only filesystem and any changes you make are lost on reboot. That's what "Live CD" is. You either need to create persistence on the flash drive so you can save changes or do an actual install to the flash drive. You can create a persistent Mint flash drive with unetbootin although it is not the only software that will do this.
 
Old 12-14-2015, 02:56 PM   #7
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If you have Mint as a Live CD on a flash drive, then it is a read-only filesystem and any changes you make are lost on reboot. That's what "Live CD" is. You either need to create persistence on the flash drive so you can save changes or do an actual install to the flash drive. You can create a persistent Mint flash drive with unetbootin although it is not the only software that will do this.
Are there any guide that i can follow to do this. And is the process the same as if i use universal usb installer
 
Old 12-14-2015, 05:41 PM   #8
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If you open unetbootin, at the bottom of the window you should see "Space used to preserve files across reboots". You can only set that to 4GB maximum if the format is FAT32. You can later make a larger casper-rw partition for persistence as expalined at the link below. The process to do that is the same whether you use universal usb or unetbootin to create the bootable flash drive.

http://askubuntu.com/questions/39748...-more-than-4gb

The size of the persistent partition is limited only by the size of the drive. Another link below.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1629477
 
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Old 12-14-2015, 06:43 PM   #9
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Thank you so much.
 
  


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