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Old 08-26-2013, 01:58 PM   #1
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Multiple Distros on One USB?

I purchased several Linux magazines from a local bookstore and they all come with DVDs that include the latest version of various Linux distros. For example, one magazine includes the latest version of OpenSUSE, another the latest version of Linux Mint, another the latest version of Puppy, etc.

I would like to try these distros and would run them off a USB attached to a Windows 7 computer.

Can multiple distros be run off one USB? If so, how would the boot order be specified?
Or is it better to have one USB per distro?

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Old 08-26-2013, 02:09 PM   #2
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Yumi multiboot will allow you to boot multiple live DVDs from one usb key.
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Here are a couple of links for Yumi Multiboot:
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For many distro's you simply make a usb just like it was a real hard drive. If you are careful you can use each installer to the usb just as if it were a real drive. Be sure to know how to save windows 7 first. I disconnect the internal drive or suggest a VM to use. Don't try this with internal disk attached is my suggestion.

There are things like yumi on and many other web sites as noted above. Some guys like to make real complex builds but it does require too much work for my tastes. Gets complex when trying to modify them or such. Some speciality distro's like puppy are not typical distros.

How much does a 4G or 8G flash cost anyway? You can buy a pack of them for almost nothing. I mush have 20 of them laying around from an old 128M with a distro on it to a few 16G with modern BTRFS filesystem on it. Best part of many sticks is that if it breaks or gets lost no big deal.

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