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    Booting from removeable media

    Hello, I'm new here, so short intro, I'm Archeleus, I do programming in C/C++, Java, Python, BASIC and Ruby (and some more, but not as familiar). And as for web development, I know PHP, HTML, CSS and a bit of JavaScript. I prefer using Debian Linux for my work.

    Anyway I wanted an opinion on whether it would be worth it to partition a NTFS 320 gig Seagate (Expansion series) external hard drive to install Linux?

    RPM : 5400.

    I'd be looking to install something like a full blown Kubuntu install. If it doesn't work then maybe a squashfs install.

    Also, lets say I'd be using this on a Core 2 Duo running on 1 gig ram?

    If you think Kubuntu or something like that wont be clever then how about puppy?

    Cheers.

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    If you were going to use puppy then you wouldn't need such a big HD. Kubuntu is probably fine. Even Ubuntu would work. This might be of use to you.

    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/univers...easy-as-1-2-3/

    I'm not sure how well it would work with a usb external harddrive. I would imagine pretty much the same.
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    Well no, the hard drive is full at the moment. I am like going to transfer around 30 gb of music somewhere else and then free up the space. Then I can use that to install the system but eitherway, the puppy option was just assuming that the hard drive is not fast enough through USB to run the OS.

    Ubuntu new kernel release is ****ty, somethings wrong and it takes a lot of ram. It will be resolved quickly, no need to worry, but the Kubuntu I am going to install is 7.10.

    I've only used Debian (not Ubuntu) and then Ubuntu Debian Linux before and I've no familiarity with Puppy so I guessed it would take less resources?

    Cheers.

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    Yeah Puppy will take a lot less resources. Its footprint is around 60mb-200mb. Its interface isn't as nice as Kubuntu. I can't remember what it uses. It will boot up on nearly any machine. I had a mid 90s laptop I booted up using puppy, it ran but the support for hardware on puppy just isn't there (such as printers and wireless devices) so if you only plan on developing then give it a try since you won't need to use it as a daily machine which I'm assuming you already have.
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    Actually yes aero it does work, I've done this many times. The link aero gave you is the right way to go, just follow it. The hardest part is getting the boot image onto your usb drive, do some searching on google for that though. Even though the link he gave you should do all you want.

    Yes USB is MORE than fast enough for what you want, if you have USB 2 on your PC. Then all you do is go into your bios and set the bios to boot from USB first. Or you can search on google for a tutorial on how to add USB to the grub loader, I've found this tut before but can't remember where, but it is there and the best way to go actually.

    Now as for UBU 10 using too much ram, I don't know where your getting this?? Yes it uses more than UBU 9 or 8, but not too much. To tone it down you can either go into appearance settings and change it to NO affects and you can remove some of it's services, UBU 10 has a lot more than the previous. I just installed and it's fine actually, I actually run it on secondary in windows under VB with only 300MB of ram and it runs just fine, so don't know there.

    If it worries you so, then boot up in shell, or go to alt-f1 and using apt-get install lxde desktop and then uninstall gnome, or install kde. I use ubu 8 on a PC with only 800Mhz processor and only 200MB of ram just fine. I run it using LXDE desktop. It's sweet.
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    The link he gave me is okay, yeah. Thank you Aero, but I may prefer another way of installing it since I already have the live boot disk.

    Anyway, yes, I figured it out. Too many processes. On my computer this is not a problem at all, but I tried on a friends with 512 MB ram and it used 384 MB.

    And yes, the OS is quite nice.

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Archeleus View Post
    The link he gave me is okay, yeah. Thank you Aero, but I may prefer another way of installing it since I already have the live boot disk.
    You can make an iso from the live boot disc if you wanted to. I was just giving you an easier way to install it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by _Aerospace_Eng_ View Post
    You can make an iso from the live boot disc if you wanted to. I was just giving you an easier way to install it.
    Yeah that's true, since UBU 9 they have an option inside the system config menu to make a live USB stick boot. Never tried it though personally.
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