FULLY functional install of Ubuntu 10.10 to USB stick in a WinXP enviroment

jerry jerryturba at sbcglobal.net
Wed Nov 10 21:18:45 GMT 2010

On 11/09/2010 01:11 PM, Paul Cartwright wrote:
> On 11/09/2010 04:01 PM, Richard Owlett wrote:
>> Ubuntu can run on my hardware. I have a so called "LIVE" install
>> running from both CD and USB stick. I also have an ISO file
>> available.
>> I believe the buzzword for the type of install I'm looking for is
>> "persistent". I've found instructions for doing so if I have
>> already risked my hard drive by installing Ubuntu to it. Not
>> worth the risk - no matter how many have done it ;/
>> Help please.
> use unetbootin :
> http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
> found this:
> Thumb Drive with Persistent Changes
> C.S.Cameron
> http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1440491
> You can make an ext2, 3 or 4 Partition and name it casper-rw. this
> partition will hold your persistence.
> This is how I made a Unetbootin install to flash drive persistent.
> Booted Live CD, (Live USB should also work)
> Plugged in target flash drive.
> Started Partition Editor
> Created 1 GB FAT32 partition, (on the left side of the bar).
> Created a 1.5 GB ext3 partition to the right of this, labeled it
> "casper-rw".
> Created a ext3 partition in the remaining space and labeled it "home-rw".
> Closed Partition Editor.
> Un-mounted and re-mounted flash drive.
> Started Windows, started Unetbootin, selected Diskimage, located the
> iso, selected Type = USB Drive, selected correct drive letter
> Pressed OK, waited 5 minutes.
> When Unetbootin finished, shutdown, booted thumbdrive.
> At boot menu hit Tab, then typed "(space)persistent"
> Ran "gksu nauilus", opened filesystem / cdrom and then opened
> syslinux.cfg with text editor.
> Added "persistent" as shown below:
> append initrd=/ubninit file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper quiet
> splash -- persistent
> Rebooted, changes were persistent.
I am trying to set up a persistent thumb drive following these 
instructions but the syslinux.cfg file is read only and I cannot change 
the read/write permissions in order to edit the file.
sudo chmod 777 syslinux.cfg does not work.
Any help appreciated.

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