[ubuntu-uk] Booting form USB Hard Drive.

Rob Beard rob at esdelle.co.uk
Thu Nov 8 18:06:29 GMT 2007

Stephen Dickinson Finance Assistant wrote:
> Good afternoon guys and girls,
> I've been reading this list for a couple of weeks now but this is my
> first post. I'm amazed at all the knowledge on here, so please bear with
> me if I'm being a little slow!
> Now am I right in thinking that if I had a 350gb USB Hard Drive that I
> could create a single partition on it (in the same way that I would with
> a USB stick) and then install Gusty and use it as a portable Linux box,
> just with no screen or keyboard? 
> Its so I can carry it around and have all my stuff in one place but plug
> it into any PC I find.
> Would it, in theory, work? My guess is yes, but I'd be interested in
> everyone else's opinions. Thanks very much!
> Stephen
> Stephen Dickinson

Um... only reason I can think of why it won't work would be video 
drivers and maybe some other hardware devices.  I suppose technically 
you could set X Windows to use the VESA driver which I would have 
thought would be supported by *most* if not all video cards (although 
it's not as quick as using the right driver).  I think you'd also have 
to fix the resolution to maybe 1024x768 so it's supported by the variety 
of monitors that you're likely to come across.

Haven't tried it myself so I might be slightly wrong.


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