"Portable Linux applications are versions of familiar apps like
GIMP and OpenOffice that can reside on a USB drive and be carried
around from computer to computer with the user's settings and
preferences intact. There are several places to find a variety of
portable apps, but sometimes getting them to work correctly is more
hassle than it's worth.
"One of the best productivity tools I had when I used Microsoft
(Nasdaq: MSFT) Windows was a collection of portable applications. I
missed those tools when I migrated to Linux. Now several open
source projects could make portable apps available to mainstream
"Three websites are trying to create that functionality. But the
efforts might need more work before they all perform well out of
the box. I found that being able to get these portable apps to run
is largely hit and miss. Sadly, my testing showed that it is mostly
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