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developerWorks: Boot Linux from a FireWire Device

Jul 20, 2004, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martyn Honeyford)

"Say you want to use Linux in a dual-boot arrangement, but you don't have any free space on your computer's hard drive. One solution would be to use a 'live' Linux distribution such as Knoppix, which can be run directly from CD. This is certainly viable for occasional use, but it has a number of serious drawbacks:

  • "You will still require some permanent storage for your data files. A floppy disk may be suitable if you only work with very small files, or a USB flash memory key may suffice for medium-sized files, but neither of these is ideal.
  • "When using a 'live' CD, it is at best difficult--and at worst, impossible--to install your own applications, or to customize existing applications..."

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