Ubuntu 8.10 Thumb Drive Problems - Live Sessions
I have not found a thread that directly addresses my issue, so I am starting a new one. If there is one out there, please let me know and I will direct others to it.
I am trying to wrap my mind around the limitations I am having with installing Ubuntu 8.10 to a thumb drive. I have tried the new Ubuntu thumb drive utility and have followed the instruction on the Pen Drive Linux site to build a bootable thumb drive. I have gotten to the place where I can boot linux from the thumb drive and run what is available on the Live CD boot up, but as soon as I try to the refresh the OS with file and application updates, the thumb drive becomes inoperable.
I guess my question is, "Why doesn't the thumb drive operate like a regular hard drive?" If I install Ubuntu to my system's local hard drive I can load programs and update OS system files without repercussions, so why is the USB drive treated by the OS any differently?
I think it is great that I can load a Linux distro to a USB thumb drive and install onto almost any PC that allows a USB bootdisk, but it is maddening that if I want to use the USB drive as my OS disk that it is treated differently. If I can boot my PC with a Ubuntu Live CD and try the OS out, why does it behave differently when I put it on another bootable (and writeable) device?
Am I chasing the Holy Grail here? Are my expectations out of line?
I'd like to be able to carry Ubuntu with me everywhere I go, and use whatever equipment is available to me. If there could be a definitive solution for this, Ubuntu would rule the world, and isn't that the goal?