View Full Version : [ubuntu] has anyone here tried portable apps in ubuntu? or is there a linux version

June 1st, 2009, 12:19 AM
so i downloaded basically every app that i would need for day to day computer use, with hopes to run my computer off my flash drive - its a net book and i want to free up space.

but when i finished the download i realized they were all windows programs :0 - so i have them all functioning under cross over, but before i go removing all my ubuntu programs i would like to know if this is a good idea, do you think can i rely completly on portable apps and cross over off my flash drive to do most of my day to day things ? with the exception of firefox and open office, beacause they are rather large programs i will leave them on my computer

but any thoughts on portable apps for day to day netbooking ?
oh , and is there any version of portable apps made for linux ?
i have googled a bit for some, but nothing turns up ?

so, what are your thoughts ?

June 1st, 2009, 12:39 AM
also, are there any apps you would say definatly keep on my computer itself?

Didius Falco
June 1st, 2009, 12:40 AM
Here are some linux portable apps resources:


This list, from Wikipedia, is a mixed list, but you'll find some linux apps mixed in throughout the list:


Here is a list from HackToLive of linux apps:

http://hacktolive.org/wiki/Portable_Applications_(Linux) (http://hacktolive.org/wiki/Portable_Applications_%28Linux%29)

Another site:

[/URL][URL]http://portableapps.com/apps (http://portableapps.com/node/6111)

Also, don't forget that you can use the USB Startup Disk Creator to make your own customized, portable version of Ubuntu. Get a large USB stick and you can carry everything you need in your pocket.

I hope this helps...



Sir Jasper
June 1st, 2009, 12:51 AM

I use the PortableApps for windows program via Wine.
A single Panel shortcut brings up the menu below.

http://g.imagehost.org/t/0573/PortableApps.jpg (http://g.imagehost.org/view/0573/PortableApps)

Many portable windows programs do not work properly or even at all using Wine.

My regards and it's good to be sharing this thread with friends

June 1st, 2009, 12:56 AM
It seems that you should use Puppy Linux. The whole thing can run off USB stick: http://www.puppylinux.com/

June 1st, 2009, 01:22 AM
thanks evryone, it seems portable apps for linux are not too developed yet.
yeah, i tried some portable apps under cross over, some worked ok. but some wouldnt load at all. if i stumble across anything of interest ill post it here,maybe someone will find it helpfull.

Sir Jasper
June 1st, 2009, 01:55 AM

I should explain that none of my friends use 'buntu so I have Wine on my Hard Drive and PortableApps and portable windows programs on a Flash Stick so that when I'm away I can use their Windows machines. I actually have some 40 Windows programs, including Open Office, on a 1 GB stick but the ones I use through Wine are directly interchangeable.

My regards

June 1st, 2009, 02:02 AM
jasper, ya thats how i plan on running mine ....
because i will be using windows machines at school, and ubuntu at home
but also because i plan on freeing up some space on my net book and cant think of a better way than by cutting a few apps out by running them off my flash drive.

Sir Jasper
June 1st, 2009, 02:18 AM

In another recent post of yours I recall, hopefully correctly, that you have a 512 MB Flash Stick.

If you decide to get a larger stick, I suggest you check the claimed read and write speeds (as some are significantly faster than others) before you decide which one to buy.

Good luck

June 1st, 2009, 02:34 AM
yeah, i want my 512 for windows apps
but i decided today that i need a fall back drive
i checked the read write of both drives im considering, and they said 480 meg a sec and up.
but iv read that the pnys are slow, either way though i think ill go with the pny.