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Old 02-12-2006, 04:11 AM   #1
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USB Bootable Distro


I'm trying out a few Distros at the moment - currently Ubuntu 5.10. I got a USB Key and I'm wondering if anyone could suggest a Distro that would be suitable for a 256Mb-512Mb USB Key? I want to either boot from it or boot it from a floppy. Is that possible? You see... my motherboard doesn't allow me to boot from a USB device.

Old 02-12-2006, 05:18 AM   #2
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DamnSmallLinux - but if your motherboard doesn't support USB booting, you'll need a boot floppy as well.
Old 02-12-2006, 05:29 AM   #3
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Puppy Linux is also a good one.
Old 07-14-2006, 10:24 AM   #4
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after some investigation, i was told by tech support that the compal cl56 does not allow for one to boot off of a flash usb drive. oddly enough, it can boot from a floppy that plugs into the usb drive. does this make sense? is there anyway to format a usb drive so my computer can boot off of it?
Old 07-17-2006, 04:50 AM   #5
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Go for Slax linux..........

for USB bootable operating system slax linux is good option.
check this link
It takes 192 mb of youe USB drive (depends on your distro). slax standard edition is best which fulfils all basic requirements. there are multiple slax just need to compile it (which is vey simple).It gives you GUI,networking,web browser,multimedia,NTFS read/write support,printing support,mailing browser and ........
You can save changes (write)to your USB drive which is not possible in live linux CD (MEPICS,Xndros)

Old 07-17-2006, 05:39 AM   #6
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DSL does a USB HDD or USB Zip emulation that may do the trick. Have a look at:

Haven't tried it myself though
Old 07-18-2006, 04:53 AM   #7
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Looks like someone dug up an old thread.

Just thought I would throw in my .02 if anyone is interested.

Puppy Linux

Flash Linux

Phlak Little boy


Slax using the tool "My Slax Creator"

Ubuntu 6.06, Follow this thread and start on PAGE 10 POST #100 BY kolo

There are more but those are the really easy ones.


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