[ubuntu-uk] Custom Ubuntu for a USB key

Scott Pashley scottuss at gmail.com
Sun Feb 15 14:33:52 GMT 2009


The persistence will still allow a live boot, so for example when Linux is
booting it will detect the hardware on your computer and load the required
drivers just as it would if running from a Live CD. The persistence is only
for user files and any additional applications that you chose to install.

I have had this set up for a while and tried all sorts to get it to boot
faster. In the end I gave up, the only option for a faster boot is to do a
"proper" install to the USB drive, but then you would run into issues with
hardware on other computers (i.e not that computer you did the "proper"
install on)


2009/2/15 Michael G Fletcher <michael at ilovemylinux.com>

> On Sat, Feb 14, 2009 at 10:22 PM, Simon Wears <munkyjunky at googlemail.com>
> wrote:
> > Ever since 8.10 was released, I've carried with me a copy of Intrepid on
> my
> > 1Gb USB key, since it's bundled along with my flat keys. I was wondering
> > about making the install a little more customised - at the moment it's
> just
> > the standard live CD on a USB, but I'd like to make something that may
> load
> > a little quicker, and has only the applications I need on - which is just
> > about firefox, pidgin, gedit and maybe VLC at a push.
> >
> > How would I go about doing this? My current best guess is one of those
> > remastering-type of applications, for respinning a LiveCD. That
> terminology
> > is probably not the best possible to use, but I hope you get the gist of
> > what I mean. I'm thinking about maybe making it a peristant install, so I
> > can save files too (or a least some settings for pidgin and firefox).
> >
> > It's mainly so I can borrow peoples laptops/desktops, without having to
> have
> > them load me onto their desktop. Just boot from USB and have a portable
> > desktop with me where ever I am.
> >
> > Cheers,
> > --
> > Simon Wears
> > MunkyJunky at Gmail.com | http://MunkyJunky.com
> > MunkyJunky on irc.freenode.net
> >
> Hi Simon, I'm taking a wild guess here, but it might work.
> If you create the live-usb using the function in 8.10 (System ->
> Administration -> Create a USB startup disk) it supplies the option to
> store documents and settings on the USB disk when shutting it down.
> Use the slider to choose how much space to allocate.  It may then be
> possible to boot from the USB and add / remove programs and it will
> "remember that".
> I would think that the advantage is that in the 'live' version you
> will get much better hardware support if you are plugging it in to
> various machine.  With a persistent install I would imagine that
> hardware will cause some grief every time you use a different machine.
> I might give this a test today quickly :-) HTH
> --Michael
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