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What All Can You Do With a Linux Boot USB?

Discussion in 'Technology' started by TenthAveN, Dec 11, 2020.

  1. TenthAveN

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    I successfully created a Linux Mint Cinnamon bootable USB (after much trial and error), and as far as personalization goes, I like it already. I was wondering what else I should try doing.
     
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  2. Tanj

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    Toss it in the bin, get some VM ware, and run both operating systems simultaneously.
     
  3. TenthAveN

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    Is there a way to make the bootable USB persistent? I heard that reduces the USB’s lifespan
     
  4. chevyontheriver

    chevyontheriver Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If you like it, use the 'install' option. You can set up a dual boot, or blow Windows away and just use Linux, or set up the Linux as a virtual machine with Window running AND Linux at the same time. IF you do that be sure to max out your RAM in your computer. RAM is cheap.
     
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  5. chevyontheriver

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    I did that once, which is basically to have a large USB drive that has a live distro AND some read/write space to save files. Don't ask me how I did that right now.

    So what if the USB drive doesn't last as long? Make a backup copy of the USB drive so you are ready for a failure. You should ALWAYS back up your important data because inevitably some disk will fail at just the wrong time.
     
  6. paul1149

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    MX Linux has a few persistence options when you make a USB from a running instance, which it has a utility for (and that running instance can itself be on a USB).

    I would play with it for a while, and if you like it (or another Linux flavor), install, either dual boot, or better, overwrite Windows if you don't need to run proprietary software.

    EDIT: Also, most windows software can be run in Linux on Wine.
     
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  7. TenthAveN

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    How long did yours last?
     
  8. chevyontheriver

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    I met the developer of Wine. And they have a definition of Wine, of course it's a recursive definition. Here goes.

    Wine Is Not Emulation.

    But it does work pretty well for most things.
     
  9. chevyontheriver

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    I tend to lose them. Or I find I really need a USB stick for work so I have to rewrite a Linux stick to transfer data or something. Now I keep a bunch of USB sticks but I had to overwrite a few times. But then I have Linux installed and have had it going since forever.
     
  10. paul1149

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    An app being native is always better, but Wine works very well for the only prog I need it for, theWord Bible software, and for that I use it every day.
     
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    I have linux on a USB. I think it's Debian with knome. It's called fix me stick.
     
  13. elytron

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    Recently spent $11 for a copy of PartedMagic
    Parted Magic Linux DistroWatch
    So far I Secure Erase two laptop SSD drives with it. I boot from a USB thumb drive.
     
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