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Vegan
April 2nd, 2010, 05:30 PM
I am aware of the fact that Ubuntu can be installed and booted form a USB stick. No problem.

What I wanted to know is if this year's Ubuntu is smart enough to not trash the USB stick with excessive writes to a specific sector.

While USB sticks are not expensive, if the OS is going to thrash them, it limits its usefulness.

Bachstelze
April 2nd, 2010, 06:50 PM
Just don't create a swap and mount /var/log in RAM and you should be fine. If you're really that concerned, use a non-journaling FS like ext2.

DZ*
April 3rd, 2010, 03:03 AM
What I wanted to know is if this year's Ubuntu is smart enough to not trash the USB stick with excessive writes to a specific sector.

Where stuff gets written on a flash is determined by its controller, not by Ubuntu. Since it doesn't know about things like partitions, wear leveling mechanism will switch data between partitions too.