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Old 06-02-2015, 03:54 PM   #1
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Arrow I have to use a Live USB Linux Distro. Which could you recommend?


Hi, guys! I'm new in this Linux community, and I must say that, for now, I feel at ease. But I need some help.

Look, the reason why I knew Linux is because I needed a portable OS to work in differents PCs (Mine is damaged). I found Slax Linux and I've tried it. It's very intuitive, but it's hard to add more programs (modules) because I have to look for each one I require. I need a distro with all the basic programs -LibreOffice, a good web browser...-. A distro which I can use inmediatly, without need to download or reboot.

So, which would you recommend? Thanks for your attention
 
Old 06-02-2015, 04:21 PM   #2
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With the Ubuntu Live CD, while it does not have much out of the box besides firefox and office, as long as you have RAM and Internet you can install anything...

It's a very different approach from, say, Knoppix which tries to pack a little bit of everything.

Which programs do you need exactly?

If you're looking for something more permanent, you can just install any Linux distro you like to an USB stick. It doesn't really have to be a "Live USB" distro. USB sticks are large enough for full installs these days.

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Old 06-02-2015, 04:27 PM   #3
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I used Ubuntu 14.04 Live CD to recover my brother's files from DOS 6.22. Worked great. I was able to move all his files over to a USB drive.
 
Old 06-02-2015, 04:52 PM   #4
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Lentejas,

Welcome to LQ.

Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit) is a good all-rounder for what you require with plenty of programs available.
 
Old 06-02-2015, 05:02 PM   #5
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Porteus. It is slick, small, it has copy-to-RAM feature and it allows you to customize the environment somewhat.
 
Old 06-02-2015, 07:20 PM   #6
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I have to use a Live USB Linux Distro. Which could you recommend?

If you do not need Libre Office specifically you can check out Puppy Linux (the slacko iso) or Damn Small Linux (DSL ). They can be installed to a USB stick or drive and take up very few resources. They can also be ran entirely from RAM without the need to install anything.
 
Old 06-02-2015, 10:36 PM   #7
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Fedora 22 just came out! I've tested it briefly. I felt it implemented the latest GNOME, 3, desktop in a classic way, a professional standard significant of the widely acclaimed Red Hat Enterprise Linux distribution. I've never used Red Hat or Fedora before, (and GNOME 3 even seemed to me a little too basic,) but that was my impression. Pretty satisfying.


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Both Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux are open source. Fedora is a free distribution and community project and upstream for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Fedora is a general purpose system that gives Red Hat and the rest of its contributor community the chance to innovate rapidly with new technologies. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a commercial enterprise operating system and has its own set of test phases including alpha and beta releases which are separate and distinct from Fedora development.

This may be effective:

https://fedorahosted.org/liveusb-creator/
 
Old 06-03-2015, 03:46 AM   #8
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If you try SliTaz Linux, it is meant to be run from USB and comes with all the tools to be remastered on the fly. This way you can assembleexactly the programs you need by just installing them to the base image and creating a new image.
 
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Get a few 8G flash drives and try a bunch of them. Generally you have to be aware of how difficult it is to support many systems. You may need to learn how to change some settings at boot or blacklist.

I currently use Debian 8 for bios systems. I don't normally use uefi systems but you can make one for them.
 
Old 06-03-2015, 04:05 PM   #10
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Look, the reason why I knew Linux is because I needed a portable OS to work in differents PCs (Mine is damaged).
Are you looking for a LiveUSB or something to install to the hard drive? A LiveUSB gets installed to a USB drive, and you can boot it on any computer and it will try to detect the hardware and load the proper drivers on each boot. When you install it to your hard drive, it's still technically possible to move it from computer to computer, but it's not recommended.

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I need a distro with all the basic programs -LibreOffice, a good web browser...-. A distro which I can use inmediatly, without need to download or reboot.
You might want to look at Knoppix. It has a ton of programs installed by default and is a live distro (designed to be used as a LiveUSB).
 
  


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