I've been unsuccessfully trying for a while now to set up a Linux distribution on an older box (that has no hard drives) using a USB stick. My most recent attempts have been with Fedora 17 and Fedora 18.
Two-ish months ago (when I last tried 17), I used Fedora LiveUSB Creator and chose "Download Fedora" and "Fedora 17 x86_64 Desktop", and set persistent storage to ~500MB (8GB USB Stick).
I then created the liveUSB and was able to boot from it on the target machine, but only once. The second time, it wouldn't boot, complaining about something with the partitions (I can't remember at the moment what). If important, I can retry and get the exact error message, but I'd be just as happy to get F18 working right.
This time, I downloaded http://torrent.fedoraproject.org/tor...esktop.torrent
and chose "Use Existing Live CD", and set persistent storage to ~500MB. I booted up, and then powered down, and then booted up again- and JOY: it worked.
Then I put in my wireless password information, and rebooted. Well it came back up fine, except it forgot/dropped/didn't save the wireless information.
How do I make this computer run Fedora 18 off of just the USB stick? I don't plan on installing a hard drive (to keep noise/cost down)... But I definitely don't want to have to re-enter the wifi info every time.
Based on what others had written in other forums, I thought this stuff was easy.
Any help appreciated!
TLDR: Fedora18 LiveUSB won't remember wifi settings across reboots despite being created with ~500MB of persistent storage (according to Fedora LiveUSB Creator).