I'm as new to linux as I am to this forum, so please be specific as to instructions (especially of things/commands you all assume as trivial
Anyways, my question is regarding which distribution of linux would be most suitable for my purposes? I intend to try learning linux from a live distribution installed onto a USB stick with persistence functionality (hopefully this should allow me to learn the UNIX shell). I've heard of so many distros that can be booted from the USB and quite a number that can store user changes. However, I havn't been able to configure a USB bootable linux kernel that can also be bootable without restarting in Windows through Qemu (or any other emulations that dont need installing would be fine). And the persistence feature for the two boots never seem to match up.
I'm wondering if its possible to have both boot from DOS and boot within Windows which both save user data in the same location on the USB stick so I can save changes.
Another problem arises from not being able to mount my harddrive in linux through either/both boot options. Is this a regular problem with Qemu or is it just me?
I'm sure one of you experienced linux users will be able to point me in the right direction!
Thanks in advanced