View Full Version : [ubuntu] Ubuntu 10.04 Does Not Install on 2 GB UFD

September 2nd, 2010, 10:27 AM
I have a LiveUSB form of Ubuntu 10.04 on one 2 GB UFD and wanted to make it persistent on another 2 GB UFD, so I used the Startup Creator utility (all within a VMware player, by the way) and it told me that of the partition(s?) required, it need to be 2.4 GB and if I wanted to install it anyway. So I attempted to install it anyway and it aborted.

It used to be that a persistent form of Ubuntu could be installed on a 2 GB UFD.

So my questions:

Should I use older version of Ubuntu?
Should I use another environment of Ubuntu: Kubuntu? Xubuntu? another? I am comfortable with GUI or CLI
There used to be recommendations for partitioning for any Linux system: one partition for code (root, /), one for a swap, and one for data (the /home partition). Do those still apply...does the installation package handle all that, or should I?

I have noticed that some of the Community Forum help documents on installation may need updating. In particular, I think many users will be getting 8 and 16 GB UFD storage devices and will use GRUB or other multi-boot systems with complex partitioning systems that give the ability to boot Linux, MS-DOS (for system rescue and hardware utilities), and full-fledged Windows OSes, and it would be nice if there were clear step-by-step flowcharts for anyone wanting to set up single and multiple OSes.

Mark Phelps
September 2nd, 2010, 01:45 PM
I'm not sure 2GB is large enough. I would guess that you would need 4GB to be safe.

September 3rd, 2010, 02:48 PM
I'm not sure 2GB is large enough. I would guess that you would need 4GB to be safe.

Hi Mark,

Did not older versions of Ubuntu (maybe Kubuntu, etc) run on less than 1 GB? Or were these just the non-persistent ("live") versions?

Mark Phelps
September 4th, 2010, 04:41 AM
Hi Mark,

Did not older versions of Ubuntu (maybe Kubuntu, etc) run on less than 1 GB?

Maybe so, but you're talking about 10.04, not older versions.

See the Minimum Requirements (of 5GB) in the link below:


September 4th, 2010, 05:24 AM
If you want a full install you really need 8GB and I used 16GB with 8 for root and 8 for home with no swap.

You can use grub2 to boot and install as many ISO as will fit and boot any of them. I have a 4GB flash with multiple ISOs and it is the one I use for all installs at all I have to do is copy the ISO to the flash ( and maybe edit grub.cfg).

MultiBoot USB with Grub2 (boot directly from iso files)
Basically you just install grub2, create a folder for the isos and edit a grub.cfg to loop mount the isos.
HOWTO: Booting LiveCD ISOs from USB flash drive with Grub2
Install grub2 to USB -general info
http://members.iinet.net/~herman546/p20/GRUB2%20Bash%20Commands.html#GRUB_USB (http://members.iinet.net/%7Eherman546/p20/GRUB2%20Bash%20Commands.html#GRUB_USB)

Two scripts that automate the process. I still like doing it myself but scripts show how to boot some ISOs that will not loopmount.

MultiBootUSB - Install and boot multiple Linux from Pendrive / Flash drive / USB disk
Another - multibooting multiboot055.sh:

September 4th, 2010, 06:28 AM
It really depends upon what you mean by persistent. A live iso with persistent data (casper-rw file loop mounted as ext2 file system) can be installed with Startup Disk Creator on 2 GB USB stick or other memory on USB card reader. A CD iso takes up about 700 MB leaving about 1 GB for persistent data (or any remaining FAT32 space).

But for a full install a USB stick or other memory is USB reader should be at least 4 GB. That only leaves 1 GB or less free space, so 8 GB or more is recommended.