Re: HOW TO Avoid Wubi & Install Ubuntu on USB Drive
I have just completed the full installation and update of Ubuntu 11.10 to 3.0.0-15, using your brilliant HowTo. More than 320 updated packages. It takes up 3.13GiB so even if there was a Swap file of only 512 MB, it would be very tight on a 4GB USB drive.
I used an 8GB USB with 4.4GB partition for Linux, – as recommended as an “At Least” in the 11.10 installation instructions – a 2GB Swap File and a 1GB Switch file, Fat32, so I can easily transfer data or program files across platforms, without problems, or risk of confusing 'filesystems'.
I undertook the exercise mainly to be able to know what I was about when advising an OP who was having problems:
But it is good to have full backup bootable disk that I know will have the right drivers for both WiFi and Video, rather than the minimale Boot disk made by Startup Disk Creator.
I am Posting this to say thank-you, and to suggest that you might want to make a few additions to cover differences in the layout of the 11.10 Installation app in a LiveCD/USB.
Please do not take this as criticism, it is that I still remember the difficulties I had with making sense of instructions which did not match the display in front of me; it can be very anxiety-provoking for a Newbie groping in the dark with a non-standard set-up.
For instance, if you do not put something in the boot mount box, you get a message to go back to the Partition Menu and put one in; but going back there is nothing resembling a Menu, in the 11.10 version, you have to Click on the 'Change' button to enter the change page.
First: your stage 8 para, I found very ambiguous, as it sys “ the CD-DRIVE will be first”, and then says “the USB-Drive must be first and then the Internal HDD after that”.
Second: Stage 20 “Now, you need to right click on /dev/sdb1 and choose change“. This is no longer the case. You select – Left-Click - on the chosen entry and select the 'Change' Button below. Right-Click does nothing.
Third: Stage 22-” Now, please may I have you attention here?
This is the most important step in the whole guide. …....In the bottom, you see "Advanced ..." right? okay, click on that one.“ This and the para that follows is not so either, there is a Boot Loader Box below on the same page, titled as you state, with a drop-down list. The list of actions is visible below, but no Advanced option nor extra page.
Minor point: the 'Install' button actually says “Install Now”.
25 Stage: and Congratulations to you too, for producing a very valuable HowTo !!
"Better Solutions may bring Worsened Problems": After Lao Tse, b. circa 405BC. a contemporary of Confucius, who died circa 600BC.
They did things differently in those days, apparently!!