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    just installed Ubuntu on my flash drive

    This was just to do something with it, nothing special, but yeah it worked, was pretty easy, and I could definitely tell the difference from installing on a HDD and a flash drive, there's at least a 20 - 30min difference on the same fast hardware on installing. I understand why its so slow, but I didn't expect it to be as slow as it was.

    My advise is to don't waste your time, unless you need it, because it does work, just really slow.

    I"m using it atm btw

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    Re: just installed Ubuntu on my flash drive

    That could probably ruin a flash drive pretty quickly because of the number of read and write cycles. It would probably be better to do something like a persistent USB install like how Fedora 9 can do (link). Not to mention it would be much much faster. I think Ubuntu is planning something similar for Intrepid.
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    Re: just installed Ubuntu on my flash drive

    neat, I actually already knew that it would kill my flash drive faster, but its only $28 4gb flash drive, I'll more than likely whipe everything off my flash drive soon, I just though I'd mention it to some people pondering about doing what I did to save them some time

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    Re: just installed Ubuntu on my flash drive

    http://www.pendrivelinux.com

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    Re: just installed Ubuntu on my flash drive

    lol @ our south park characters

    *shrug* I just thought that was funny, I mean when you think about it what are the coincidences of that happening in one thread
    Last edited by chris4585; September 20th, 2008 at 03:19 AM.

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    Re: just installed Ubuntu on my flash drive

    Quote Originally Posted by chris4585 View Post
    This was just to do something with it, nothing special, but yeah it worked, was pretty easy, and I could definitely tell the difference from installing on a HDD and a flash drive, there's at least a 20 - 30min difference on the same fast hardware on installing. I understand why its so slow, but I didn't expect it to be as slow as it was.

    My advise is to don't waste your time, unless you need it, because it does work, just really slow.

    I"m using it atm btw
    It's a lot better (and faster) to install it compressed like a live CD.

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    Re: just installed Ubuntu on my flash drive

    Quote Originally Posted by init1 View Post
    It's a lot better (and faster) to install it compressed like a live CD.
    how come is this?

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    Re: just installed Ubuntu on my flash drive

    Quote Originally Posted by chris4585 View Post
    how come is this?
    I believe with a live you have better read/write speeds, unless you have a really slow flash drive.
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    Re: just installed Ubuntu on my flash drive

    that makes sense

    Well I scraped that small project, I deleted everything but /boot/ and resized the partition to about 175mbs (could be smaller) but thats plenty large enough, and then I edited my actually grub.lst on my system to display a message on grub on start up, so without my usb key in my laptop you can't boot anything without the flash drive

    note, I do have grub password protected on both usb and my system

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    Re: just installed Ubuntu on my flash drive

    Dose Windows recognize the USB key?

    It's just because Windows can't see ext2/3 without software being installed.

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