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Old 02-10-2010, 08:25 AM   #1
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I have to write some programs with linux this semester. What is the most basic way for me to get started? Is there a shell that i can run from a jump drive? I'm not trying to install as an OS. I just want to write some programs.

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Old 02-10-2010, 08:36 AM   #2
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I would think that writing program in any system would be difficult without actually installing said system. You can run Linux from a "Live CD", but then--for programming-- you would still have to save your files somewhere. And--compiling anything more complex than "Hello, World" might be painfully slow.

My hunch is that you need to bite the bullet and install Linux.

What does your instructor recommend?
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It is possible to run linux from a flash drive, and have it be persistent, so changes are kept across boots.

Puppy Linux makes it fairly straightforward to do this and install a development environment.

TinyCore as well, for something more basic, and perhaps a little more complicated than puppy.
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This might be what you're looking for.
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^ + 1 live-usb
my vote is fedora live-usb creator.
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