call me nuts, but is there any chance of getting that on a usb stick.
if not, what's there to prevent it from being portable?
ps. i know about DSL and flashlinux
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You should go to the ubuntu forum to get that kind of help, this section is for request portable applications. They must be windows based and freeware.
hundred of portable applications:
They don't need to be Windows-based. I'm thinking cross-platform eventually. And they don't need to be free, either. If something is commercial and works portably out of the box, that's cool.
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ubuntu live CD is linux distribution, an operating system. Point made.
hundred of portable applications:
you know about the embedded distro of damn small linux. are there other versions of that from other projects? if not then that could be something worth working on... anyone know anywhere i can find info on that?
First of all, read up on the amazing Ubuntu H2.
I have an External Hard Drive and have intended to install Ubuntu for quite some time now. Assuming you want a fully bootable copy - versus one launched from within windows - all you would need to do is create a proper partition and install Ubuntu onto it.
I don't know if you can partition or format a Flash device (which it sounds like is what you have), but if you can then there is no reason that you couldn't install Ubuntu on it. Keep in mind that flash devices have a reputation of only being rewritable a certain number of times before issues arise.
However, your concern is justified. A significant factor holding back my own installation of a bootable copy of Ubuntu is that booting from a USB port is not a trivial task. My personal computer is 4.5 years old and lacks both USB 2.0 and, more importantly, a BIOS capable of booting from USB. Even with other computers whose BIOS does allow booting from USB, you'll often find the feature either disabled or prioritized as below the hard drive. An intelligent public computer administrator would certainly disable access to the BIOS, and I consider it a bit rude to tweak a friend's BIOS. The Ubuntu H2 article has some info on this.
So, the challenge seems to be how install a full copy of Ubuntu on a USB device, special partition and all, while creating a mechanism so that you can boot from any computer. My best guess is to create a boot floppy or boot cd that would instruct the computer to check its' USB ports for a viable OS. The Ubuntu H2 article once again has useful information. However, just because its' manufacturer didn't devise a method doesn't mean that it cannot be done.
Even if this is theoretically possible - and I have no evidence that it is - it is a very specific question that would be of little interest to much of the Ubuntu community. Meanwhile, it seems to me that this is a huge question for the Portable Software community as it could provide insights for carrying around your own desktop with any OS.
There is a way to have a Windows installation on a USB-stick. Check out this article on Toms Hardware:
indeed, but there are some problems:
legality: Microsoft's EULA says you can have one Windows per 1 computer (hardware specifications)
read-only: That kind of Windows is running in read-only mode, it starts in ram disk drive, so you cannot change visual style and having it after restart ...
well UBUNTU Live works same way - Ram Drive.
but the MAIN POINT is to create Operating System that will work in both read & write mode from a flash drive. The hardest thing is to minimalize the whole process of all reading and all writings, this need to be put into TO DO list of developers of those systems (Ubuntu).
Personaly I could see SkyOS system on my pendrive
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