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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