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Old 02-01-2010, 06:13 AM   #1
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Linux distro that is USB install friendly without a loopback/casper?

Besides Puppy or DSL, is there a full "regular" Linux distro that is friendly to be installed on a USB flash drive that won't wear it out? I want to be able to upgrade it, not just keep minor persistent changes like the methods outlined in The loopback file would fill out too much if I actually did a apt-get update, so I want something that installs natively on a USB flash drive with EXT3/EXT4, etc. However, is there a distro that sends the log to a tmp ram drive, for instance? Something made *not* to wear out a USB drive too fast?

I want a truly portable Linux on a UFD, not a semi-attempt that uses casper.

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Hi Robert, I've had good luck with SliTaz on a pen drive. Their 'TazUSB' utility is brilliant.
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Thanks, I'll check into that.

It doesn't have to be a lightweight distro though. I was hoping somebody had forked Ubuntu or Fedora into something that runs mostly from RAM, except when to make upgrades, installs and changes to the drive.
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In Debian there is the live-sn (live-snapshot) option
see the bottom here

I dont know how this affects it
Snapshots cannot currently handle file deletion
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I looked at the TazUSB utility and it didnt look like it did what I wanted.
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Any other suggestions for a USB friendly distribution? This would be something that supports EXT2 natively on the flash with things like /var/log dumped into a RAM drive, and no swapfile needed. Or even something that runs from RAM, but writes to disk on shutdown. I can't be the first person who has thought of his, but unfortunately I lack the technical know-how to write my own distribution for this purpose.

Loopback/casper files don't allow for full upgradability and would overflow on an apt-get update.


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