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Re: OT: your desktop on a stick



On Friday 12 December 2008 18:11:20 Phil Meyer wrote:
> Anne Wilson wrote:
> > On Friday 12 December 2008 17:53:33 Phil Meyer wrote:
> >> Anne Wilson wrote:
> >>> Much has been said about the ability for a linux distro to be carried
> >>> around on a usb stick, making any computer into your familiar desktop.
> >>> Does anyone actually do this?
> >
> > <snip>
> >
> >> Yes, done this a lot.
> >>
> >> Current best method is to roll a livecd will my favorite apps, a package
> >> containing my login (adds me to sudoers as well).
> >>
> >> Then convert the iso to a usb bootable livecd on a stick.  During this,
> >> I add a system overlay, and a /home overlay.
> >>
> >> My current thumb drive is a 64GB DataTraveler.
> >
> > <snip>
> >
> >> The best part of all, is that its installable to disk, as well.  What
> >> else could you ask for? :)
> >
> > Wow! that sounds great :-)  However, mine is 8GB only.
> >
> > Anne
>
> 8GB is fine, even for my outrageous custom build, which is over 7GB
> unpacked.
>
>  -> ls -lh LiveOS
> total 3.0G
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 7.9G 2008-12-10 14:22 home.img
> -r-xr-xr-x 1 root root  20K 2008-12-10 14:19 osmin.img*
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 4.0G 2008-12-10 14:19
> overlay-Fedora-x86_64-9d595a3a-4b1e-40c7-b16d-3da0f21f698e
> -r-xr-xr-x 1 root root 2.5G 2008-12-10 14:19 squashfs.img*
>
>
> You can see, that with less agressive overlays, this would easily fit on
> 8GB.  The stuff that makes it bootable is only 7.6MB.
>
> If you would like to see the stuff I used to make that livecd, I would
> be happy to share.
>
> Fun!

Thanks for the offer.  In truth I can't see me having sufficient time to 
devote to this before Christmas, but I'll be marking up your mail, and may 
contact you again on that :-)

Anne

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