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Boot Portable Live USB Linux on Older Hardware

Mar 11, 2011, 19:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Emery Fletcher)

"Portable USB Linux distros are wonderful go-anywhere Linuxes for troubleshooting and repair. The catch is older hardware doesn't always support booting from a USB stick-- but there is a workaround called Plop Boot Manager

"I don't usually offer my opinions on purely technical matters related to computers and systems, because I don't consider myself an especially technical person. On the other hand, when I come across something technical that makes a major improvement in my life at the computer, I do my best to advertise it to others. The latest item to perform that minor miracle for me has been the Plop Boot Manager, and the need arose when I first put a Linux distro on a thumb drive.

"There is a lot to be said for the Linux-on-a-stick concept, a USB thumb drive with a bootable Linux distro on it. The small size of the system image many distros offer means that even a modest thumb drive can hold the image and still provide a healthy amount of space for the persistence you need to save your configuration and the work you do on it."

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