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    best thumb drive linux?

    im looking for a linux distro that has a really good looking os with lots of eye candy for usb drives

    the options i see are only dream linux and slax

    can anyone enlighten me to the other options available please?

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    Re: best thumb drive linux?

    use unetbootin to get the following distros on usb drive.

    * Ubuntu (and official derivatives)
    o 6.06 LTS
    o 6.10
    o 7.04
    o 7.10
    o 8.04 LTS
    o 8.10
    o Daily CD Images
    * Debian
    o Stable/Etch
    o Testing/Lenny
    o Unstable/Sid
    * Linux Mint
    o 3.1
    o 4.0
    o 5-r1
    o 6
    * openSUSE
    o 10.2
    o 10.3
    o 11.0
    o 11.1
    o Factory
    * Arch Linux
    o 2007.08
    * Damn Small Linux
    o 4.4
    * SliTaz
    o Stable
    o Cooking
    * Puppy Linux
    o 4.00
    * FreeBSD
    o 6.3
    o 7.0
    * NetBSD
    o 4.0

    * Fedora
    o 7
    o 8
    o 9
    o 10
    o Rawhide
    * PCLinuxOS
    o 2007
    o 2008
    * Sabayon Linux
    o 4-LiteMCE
    * Gentoo
    o 2007.0
    o 2008.0
    * Zenwalk
    o 5.2
    * Slax
    o 6
    * Dreamlinux
    o 3.2
    * Elive
    o Development
    * CentOS
    o 4
    o 5
    * Mandriva
    o 2007.1
    o 2008.0
    o 2008.1
    * FaunOS
    o 0.5.4
    * Frugalware Linux
    o Stable
    o Testing
    o Current


    enjoy.

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    Re: best thumb drive linux?

    Knoppix 6 is really good, I have it on mine.
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    Re: best thumb drive linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by zmjjmz View Post
    Knoppix 6 is really good, I have it on mine.
    +1

    compiz on it looks really good.

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    Re: best thumb drive linux?

    You can install any distro onto a thumb drive. A drive is a drive is a drive; Linux doesn't care whether it's booting from a flash drive or a conventional hard drive. Personally I like Puppy and Slitaz for flash drive usage since they are small and fast. Good luck1

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    Re: best thumb drive linux?

    Puppy works well.
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    Re: best thumb drive linux?

    Ubuntu works great on Patriot XTREME flash drives(the "150X faster" or higher ones)....

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    Re: best thumb drive linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevbert View Post
    Puppy works well.
    ppuppy is ugly :/

    im thinking of fedora, but i have another question

    if i run these as liveCD OS's will i have to install executables? (Rpms, Debs, etc) or will i just have to have them in a folder?

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    Re: best thumb drive linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by snowpine View Post
    You can install any distro onto a thumb drive. A drive is a drive is a drive; Linux doesn't care whether it's booting from a flash drive or a conventional hard drive. Personally I like Puppy and Slitaz for flash drive usage since they are small and fast. Good luck1
    Well actually, it's not that simple. Most Linux USB installs work like Live CD's rather than full installs. Some Live CD's can be made to run off a USB drive, but others cannot because they expect the system files to be a CD and won't look anywhere else.

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    Re: best thumb drive linux?

    I would recommend using an Ubuntu computer to run the Create a USB Startup disk. That way you can select an Ubuntu ISO (Ubuntu is good for USB boots, even if it is a little slow at times) and you can change how much persistence you want.

    Provided that the computer you are sat on supports it, the eye candy you desire should be available in the form of Compiz.

    The other distros are OK, but for me Ubuntu is the best. The smaller "light" distros tend to be either A) Very ugly B) lacking functionality or (most commonly C) Both.

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