[Ubuntu-US-CA] very new needs help.

Dennis Heinson dheinson at googlemail.com
Fri Nov 30 16:12:00 UTC 2007

You cannot boot from a RAM disk. RAM is not persistent and gets erased on 
each reboot. That's why the operating system is usually stored on the hard 
disk, which does not lose date on power down.

Flash memory does not either, and so I think that a USB or Flash Drive would 
be a good alternative to a permanent install on a hard drive. Google Ubuntu 
USB stick, it should come up with something.

Then again, Ubuntu installs a dual boot system by default. That means you 
don't lose your previous operating system, only some hard drive storage 

So this might be an alternative too.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <dave at seobm.com>
To: "Ubuntu US California" <ubuntu-us-ca at lists.ubuntu.com>
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2007 6:18 AM
Subject: Re: [Ubuntu-US-CA] very new needs help.

> On a similar topic. I'd like to set up Ubuntu on a ram disk. Ideally a 
> bootable DVD would create a ram disk of some size, copy the files from the 
> DVD to the ram disk, then boot from the ram disk. I'd keep my personal 
> data on a USB stick which I'd copy over on bootup each time and write some 
> scripts for persistence to the USB stick and burn new DVDs to capture the 
> major updates and such.
> Anybody know how to do this, have general ideas, or can point out good 
> reference material to research?
>  -------- Original Message --------
>  Subject: [Ubuntu-US-CA] very new needs help.
>  From: "Stan" <smpugh at sbcglobal.net>
>  Date: Thu, November 29, 2007 11:38 am
>  To: <ubuntu-us-ca at lists.ubuntu.com>
>    HI Neal or team CA, I tried several times to download the unubtu and 
> make the cd but (windows?) refused to accept it on the hard drive? Or I 
> just couldn't figure out how to make the livecd (which is plausible.)
>  I finally ordered it and now I'm a bit lost.
>  Can I ask you a few questions?
>  1. It seems that when I used the livecd and then turn off the laptop, 
> none of the prefs seem to save anywhere. Is this correct or normal?
>  2. I'm having major problems getting my wireless to accept on the system. 
> I had placed all the info in the correct places i.e. the wep key and name 
> of system, I had it on line 1 time with the wireless (after trying many 
> many different things) and now I can't seem to get it back on.
>  3. Will I have to completely install it on the hard drive for all my 
> prefs to save?
>  4. As it is now, it looks like if I screw up too badly and can just turn 
> it off and reboot and its like a clean slate? GOD IM CROSSING MY FINGERS 
> ON THAT ONE.. LOL 5. If I do install it completely, it will just reformat 
> the HD and then it will be clean anyway? This would be good, I think. 
> While playing around I may have put in a password or something to do 
> SOMETHING and I cant remember what it was or why..
>  I guess right now the most pressing issue I have is the wireless issues. 
> I have only tried it at home, so I'm not sure if it will give the same 
> problems when im out at a café with free wireless. Waiting to see about 
> that until I learn the system a bit better.
>  As you can see, I'm not all that versed on the workings of computers.
>  I couldn't even figure out how to do the support thing..
>  Thank you so much for any help you can give me.
>  Stan
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