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Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by mschu, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. mschu


    May 31, 2007
    I have not ever used Linux (in any of its derivatives), but have considered playing with it. Specifically I have been looking at loading it onto my USB flash drive as a portable app. I have 2 questions:

    1) What is the best portable version for someone starting out?

    2) Where can I find tutorials on using Linux? it seems there are so many different versions, and are so customizable that there isn't much for learning material.

  2. I would look at knoppix or dsl linux variants

    Go to any of the linux website and their FAQ and online documentation is Grrrrrrrrrt.

    Linux has came a long way now and the information present NOW is light years ahead of what it was in the mid 90s.

    be advise that not all USB drives are bootable and does your computer bio allows for booting from USB?

  3. LinuxKnight

    LinuxKnight Edge Of Reality

    Jul 20, 2004
    PDX Oregon
    There are many options for running Linux from a USB flash drive.
    Just be sure you are aware, Linux is a complete OS, not a "portable app" that you can run from inside Windows. If you run Linux from a USB drive you would reboot the machine and Linux would take over.
    As mentioned above you have to be sure your machine supports booting from USB.

    Along with the above mentioned options, you could try:

    Fedora Live USB creator:
    This is available as a Windows or Linux application, which can download a Fedora Live CD Image, and then can create a bootable USB drive. Very handy.

    This site is a whole bunch of information on running Linux from a USB flash drive (aka pendrive)
    This particular page has info on creating USB pendrive Linux installs from within Windows.

    As far as documentation there is a plethora of information.
    The first place to look is the website for the particular distribution you are using, such as Ubuntu ( or Fedora (

    There are also many other sites, such as the general portals:

    and another very good info site is The Linux Documentation Project,
    this has a ton of HowTO articles, guides, and Linux "man" pages. The man pages are a documentation facility on all UNIX platforms, so you can lookup how to use programs and things, for example, to see how to use the command "ls", you can run "man ls" and it will pull up the documentation. (ls is like the DOS dir command, it lists files) The man pages are installed by default on pretty much any UNIX system, and has them available online too.

    All that being said, if your machine doesn't support booting from USB, you can still use a regular LiveCD to give Linux a try without installing it on your computer. All of the major distributions have a Live CD.
    Knoppix and DSL as mentioned above are also major Live CD only distributions but can be installed on a flash drive.
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2009
  4. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
    Download any "live" CD, and use Unetbootin to put it on a thumb drive, and it will set it up pretty easy for you. I've used it to put various versions of Linux on thumb drives for various things...
  5. dotsun

    dotsun Shark Stomper

    Mar 25, 2007
    Knoxville, TN
    Oh, don't forget about puppy linux. The live cd will even set you up a bootable usb stick automagically.
  6. MavsX

    MavsX The Dude Abides

    Jan 19, 2009
    Arlington, VA
    i run ubuntu 8.04
  7. manish07


    Feb 19, 2009
    You can find it on google easily.