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Support => Installation => Topic started by: Peewee_1985 on February 15, 2020, 05:20:22 am

Title: USB Stick as a Computer (Puppy Linux)
Post by: Peewee_1985 on February 15, 2020, 05:20:22 am
Hello!

I'm interested in having a full operating system on a USB Stick, making it possible to save apps, configurations, etc, so I can have "a USB Stick that works as a computer".

If I'm not mistaken, you can do it somehow with both Puppy Linux or AntiX.

Is that so?

Thanks!
Title: Re: USB Stick as a Computer (Puppy Linux)
Post by: murraymint on February 15, 2020, 05:42:01 am
You may be able to, but with Peppermint you definitely can. Just install to a USB stick as if it were a normal drive.
Title: Re: USB Stick as a Computer (Puppy Linux)
Post by: Peewee_1985 on February 15, 2020, 06:04:58 am
You may be able to, but with Peppermint you definitely can. Just install to a USB stick as if it were a normal drive.

Thanks for the reply murraymint!

You mean... keeping changes saved?
Title: Re: USB Stick as a Computer (Puppy Linux)
Post by: murraymint on February 15, 2020, 06:57:17 am
Yes, if you do a full install to a second USB stick, you will be able to save changes and install/update software.
Title: Re: USB Stick as a Computer (Puppy Linux)
Post by: Peewee_1985 on February 15, 2020, 11:57:07 am
Yes, if you do a full install to a second USB stick, you will be able to save changes and install/update software.

Great then! I'll try that ;)

Thanks again for your help murraymint.

Kind regards,
Title: Re: USB Stick as a Computer (Puppy Linux)
Post by: clatterfordslim on February 15, 2020, 05:40:10 pm
Make sure you have a big USB drive like 128GB, the reason why is so it gives Peppermint room to breathe.  ;)
Title: Re: USB Stick as a Computer (Puppy Linux)
Post by: Peewee_1985 on February 16, 2020, 12:04:39 am
Make sure you have a big USB drive like 128GB, the reason why is so it gives Peppermint room to breathe.  ;)

I will definitely do so!

Thanks for the advice clatterfordslim :)

Kind regards,
Title: Re: USB Stick as a Computer (Puppy Linux)
Post by: clatterfordslim on February 16, 2020, 07:00:12 am
Make sure you have a big USB drive like 128GB, the reason why is so it gives Peppermint room to breathe.  ;)

I will definitely do so!

Thanks for the advice clatterfordslim :)

Kind regards,

You're welcome mate. I used to take Linux Mint Maya 12.04 the Mate edition around with me installed on a external 640GB hard drive, to Internet Cafe's asked permission first of course. The beauty about Linux is it can be installed on virtually any hardware. The best USB I use is SANDISK ones USB3 but fully backwards compatible, with USB 2 and USB 1. You'll be able to show off in front of your friends, like I used to do with Linux Mint, saying things like try and do that in Windows? My favorite was the old Eddie Murphy routine I gotta an Ice cream. I used to say I got a Operating System in my pocket.   :))
Title: Re: USB Stick as a Computer (Puppy Linux)
Post by: Peewee_1985 on February 16, 2020, 12:03:47 pm
 :D

Sounds great! Too bad I discovered GNU/Linux this late... I'm still amazed by the stability and performance of Peppermint (in my computer, a bit better than with Linux Mint XFCE).

So I'll get a Sandisk USB3 stick and then I'll try to install the OS on it.

Long live Eddie Murphy  ;D

Thanks again!
Title: Re: USB Stick as a Computer (Puppy Linux)
Post by: clatterfordslim on February 17, 2020, 04:38:23 pm
I don't know where about's you are in the world? But found this on Amazon UK for ya  :D
https://www.amazon.co.uk/stores/node/1634766031?_encoding=UTF8&field-lbr_brands_browse-bin=SanDisk&ref_=bl_dp_s_web_1634766031

https://www.amazon.co.uk/SanDisk-Ultra-USB-Flash-Drive/dp/B00DQG9OZ2?ref_=ast_sto_dp&th=1&psc=1
Title: Re: USB Stick as a Computer (Puppy Linux)
Post by: Peewee_1985 on February 17, 2020, 07:50:45 pm
Hi there!!

I'm from Barcelona, but the links you provided will be very useful!

Much appreciated :)

Too bad I get more support and attention from you people in the forum than from my girlfriend  :D
Title: Re: USB Stick as a Computer (Puppy Linux)
Post by: clatterfordslim on February 20, 2020, 04:28:19 pm
Hi there!!

I'm from Barcelona, but the links you provided will be very useful!

Much appreciated :)

Too bad I get more support and attention from you people in the forum than from my girlfriend  :D

We aim to please and help as much as we can :))
Title: Re: USB Stick as a Computer (Puppy Linux)
Post by: rayzer on February 20, 2020, 10:54:15 pm
ive wanted to do this myself with peppermint but dont know how much space a fresh install would take up, i currently use the live iso but sometimes i want to save stuff i do while on it.
Title: Re: USB Stick as a Computer (Puppy Linux)
Post by: clatterfordslim on February 21, 2020, 03:39:52 am
ive wanted to do this myself with peppermint but dont know how much space a fresh install would take up, i currently use the live iso but sometimes i want to save stuff i do while on it.

You can easily install Linux on a USB stick, just make sure you give it plenty of room to breathe, like 128GB SanDisk USB3.0. Install it like you would on an internal Hard drive.  ;) 
Title: Re: USB Stick as a Computer (Puppy Linux)
Post by: murraymint on February 21, 2020, 05:26:25 am
ive wanted to do this myself with peppermint but dont know how much space a fresh install would take up, i currently use the live iso but sometimes i want to save stuff i do while on it.

There's not much point doing a full install on anything under 16GB. Depends how much space you need really.
Title: Re: USB Stick as a Computer (Puppy Linux)
Post by: jhwhood on May 30, 2020, 08:49:24 pm
Just wanted to say "Thanks all" for this thread. I'd been using PLinux to resurrect an old laptop without a hard drive, and used it every day for a few years until the laptop died.  I wanted another O/S on a stick, but I was doing the install on my wife's Windows machine and "Delete Partition kept freaking me out (if I deleted the wrong partition, sleeping on the couch did not appeal).  A little read-through of the forum topic and I came to the conclusion that I was over thinking it.  The partitiion I needed to delete was on the USB drive, and, yes that ws available.  Selected it. Hey-presto.  One bootable USB, for any machine.  Thank you guys.

Please note: Boot to Windows 10 from cold-and-dark to a usable desktop on a Thinkpad T540 is 1 minute 42 seconds. Firefox launches in 34 seconds.  Peppermint Linux launches off of a USB in 41 seconds. Firefox start, 9 seconds.