How I installed Lucid on a USB flash disc - WAS: Please, Ubuntu, do not embarrass me again!

J dreadpiratejeff at
Wed Jun 9 14:15:48 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 04:15, Colin Law <clanlaw at> wrote:
> On 9 June 2010 09:07, Basil Chupin <blchupin at> wrote:

>> The CD booted, I chose Install - and installed Lucid as one would
>> normally install Ubuntu on an HD.
> I am not an expert and others may correct me, but I think one of the
> issues with this is that if you did a standard install I think it will
> have formatted the flash as ext3 or 4.  I understand this is an issue
> with flash as the journaling causes many extra write cycles which will
> wear out the flash.  I think ext2 is considered better for flash.

Yep... indeed it will.  The newer flash devices have far longer
lifespans than the older stuff does, HOWEVER, they still have a finite
number of read/write cycles before problems start appearing.  So yeah,
ext2, or any non-journaling FS is probably better for such devices...

On the other hand, 8 and 16GB USB2.0 keys are so cheap these days that
burning through them that fast isn't so big a deal as it was just last
year... I think I saw in Wal-Mart the other day some 8GB keys on sale
for 15 bucks or so...


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