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Linux Live USB Media

Apr 14, 2010, 23:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by J.A. Watson)

"It is pretty common these days for laptops, and even desktops, to be able to boot from a USB flash memory drive. So you can save a little time and a little money by converting various Linux distributions ISO images to bootable USB devices, rather than burning them to CD/DVD. Oh, and one other reason - it is getting more common, especially with pre-releases, for the Live image to be too large to fit on a CD so it requires a DVD, and I don't keep blank DVD media as close at hand as CD. Here is a quick overview of how to make Live USB media for some of the most common Linux distributions:

"- Ubuntu: They have been pretty much at the front of the pack in making this available and easy. I don't recall for certain, but since at least 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) there has been a "USB Startup Disk Creator" option in the Administration menu. Basically all you have to do is download the ISO image to a running Ubuntu system, start the USB create utility, and select the ISO image source and USB device target. The only minor niggle here is that they have recently changed the menu option name, from "USB Startup Disk Creator", to "Startup Disk Creator".

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