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Old 02-12-2012, 09:27 AM   #1
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live USB stick distro recommendation?

I need to run Linux completely from a USB stick. It will be used on a windows laptop that needs to stay windows, I can't wipe it or repartition for drive space.

I have googled and most of the recommendations for this are from 2008-2010, so don't necessarily reflect the current versions.

Is there a current distro that is know to work well for mostly word processor/spreadsheet and web (basic office) work with minimal hassle when installed on a thumb drive?
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O definetly, or MacPup, if you'd like a different look...but, underneath it's Puppy...
The installer even caters for a USB install...
Be aware that the box has to be able to boot from a stick...dont use an old box...
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Almost every common disto can run on a usb flash drive. You have a number of ways too. is a good place to start for live installs. Since they are in compressed files, live cd/dvd type tend to save a bit of space.
You can also do real installs to the usb just as if were a real hard drive. (it is to the OS).

You may also be able to run qemu on a few OS's but the laptop would need to be pretty fast.

Don't forget for usb software.


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