Originally Posted by FireRaven
I am installing Linux on a USB flash memory stick (either using Ubuntu installer or Debian debootstrap).
I have heard that (but might be wrong):
1. Swap is not that important these days with system that have lots of RAM?
2. Swap space may wear out a USB flash drive (I agree with this)
3. USB flash drives read at max 20MB/s which is too slow for swap space.
I have been running my distros off USB sticks (even a small server) for a years but always had a swap on them. Just wondering what your thoughts are?
Swap space on a USB stick will significantly shorten it's life should it ever come under regular heavy use. Having said that, if you have plenty of RAM, it shouldn't need to be used, and consequently, won't be necessary anyway. So IMHO, I wouldn't put a swap partition on there.