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Old 01-01-2021, 08:17 PM   #1
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Boot linux on win10 pc with usb media and on-off switch/button

I may have posted this before but a way that should be pretty easy, safe and cheap to put linux on your windows pc is to flash it onto a usb stick under windows...

There is software for this such as rufus and then get a simple on/off switch for your usb media. This way everything will be installed when you flash an image to the usb, then boot off the usb, may have to change boot order, but turn the usb off when you are powered down. You may need to use tape and paper to label the on off.

some distros such as puppy linux have the option to only load in ram.

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Old 01-02-2021, 02:00 PM   #2
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You could also create a file that is a disk image and mount in ram. You would be able to use this as virtual persistant storage.

Here is an example using qemu (the open source emulator and hypervisor) Qemu is like a virtual machine creator like virtualbox

qemu-img create -f qcow2 example.img 100M

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Slackware Live comes as a complete Linux Operating System with almost 10Gigs of immediately usable apps, a built-in USB installer, persistence (so you can install whatever packages you want and keep them as well as retain documents, settings... the works) and is available with several DEs like Plasma 5, Mate, Xfce and more. It can also be easily installed to HDD or SSD but is not like others as jusat a teaser and excuse for a GUI installer. It's complete and it's excellent.


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