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Neard
July 23rd, 2009, 03:59 AM
Is it a problem to run one copy of Ubuntu on multiple hardware? I'd like to install it on my USB drive, and primarily run it on my Laptop, but also be able to use it on my Desktop, people's computers I'm working on, computers around campus, and even in a virtual machine.

So, is this possible, or would all the hardware changes mess up Ubuntu too bad? I've heard this is bad on Windows, especially older versions, but hey, Ubuntu's not Windows!

Just making sure before the install.

Oh, and side-question: does GRUB work fine off a USB drive? I plan on keeping it separate on there, installing several different linux distros to play around with on it, and keep it separate from windows (I can change the boot device of my machines easily, and can always make a boot cd that passes loading to the USB).

raymondh
July 23rd, 2009, 04:26 AM
I have a persistent live USB drive (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LiveUsbPendrivePersistent) (32Gb) that I carry with me all the time. That way, I can get my ubuntu fix anytime using a friends' computer. Of course, my persistent version is a standard 9.04.

Neard
July 23rd, 2009, 05:18 AM
I have a persistent live USB drive (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LiveUsbPendrivePersistent) (32Gb) that I carry with me all the time. That way, I can get my ubuntu fix anytime using a friends' computer. Of course, my persistent version is a standard 9.04.

Standard 9.04 is what I'm planning on using; of course, upgrading it as new versions come out (well, either upgrade or fresh installs). So, have you ever seen a problem with it, having switched computers with it several times? Slowdowns, crashes, etc?

raymondh
July 23rd, 2009, 02:40 PM
Standard 9.04 is what I'm planning on using; of course, upgrading it as new versions come out (well, either upgrade or fresh installs). So, have you ever seen a problem with it, having switched computers with it several times? Slowdowns, crashes, etc?

No problems so far.

P.S. By "standard", I meant a plain 9.04... no compiz, default apps, gnome DE, etc. Hope I did not confuse you.

Mighty_Joe
July 23rd, 2009, 02:55 PM
I have 9.04 installed to a USB flash drive (as opposed to the persistent Live USB persistent install Neard uses). It's faster than the Live USB install, but takes up more space on the drive. I haven't had any problems using the drive on multiple machines, as a matter of fact, I installed it using my desktop, but I usually use it on my work laptop.
See my post in this thread (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1193680) for helpful information.

Edit to add: Just to make sure, I shut down my XP desktop and booted from the USB drive. Here I am in Ubuntu. No problem.

Neard
July 24th, 2009, 09:36 PM
Well, thank you raymond and Joe. Sounds like it shouldn't be a problem at all, I've just gotta play with it. But hey, that's what linux is about, right? At least for me. :D

Thanks again.

Mighty_Joe
July 25th, 2009, 10:29 PM
But hey, that's what linux is about, right? At least for me. :D


Oh, yea, Just for Fun (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_for_Fun) :D