I am planning on using a 32G USB to dual boot linux. My previous setup on the PC was Windows // Ubuntu // Debian // swap. On my new laptop (for various reasons) I want to dual boot linux from USB and still include a space for files. Based on what I have read (including a similar thread here) I am planning on partitioning for Storage // Ubuntu // Debian with full installs rather than live/persistent version.
How will treating both Ubuntu and Debian as 'normal' installs (including seting up Grub) fail with regard to default directories/files?
Best way to manage files shared from Ubuntu & Debian (casper-rw?)? FAT32 or a seperate partition?
Any suggestions for swap? On Storage, or using random HDD Drives (could be dangerous)?
I am assuming better speed with a full install over persistent, any idea on wear and tear on flash memory, and what best to use to backup/move to a new drive when neccessary? (USB will have lifetime guarantee anyway)
I am planning on using VirtualBox, I think I should be able to run in Windows or boot directly into the OS with this setup (there is a tweak for running from USB). Can anyone confirm this? I currently see no reason why not, although most articles I have read use Live distros.
This is a project to see whether I can put this together and to make linux available so I can start making use of it (either directly or through VirtualBox). I'd like to see whether my concept is possible - I see no reason why not as USB is simply an external drive, but mainly I'm trying to find what pitfalls and hazards I may come across.