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markstinson
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Portable Linux already exists

Most Linux users are familar with Damn Small Linux. Their goal is to provide thin, yet full featured Linux Live Business Card CD. It offers a full suite of applications, sound and networking support and even extending it with add-ons without re-mastering the LiveCD. In fact, yesterday they released ver 2.1.

For a while now, they've offered an "embedded" version aimed at x86 machines and utilizes QEMU as its x86 virtual machine. It's different only in that you can launch it from a Windows Batch script or Linux x86 shell script.

The embedded version also has a 60 meg virtual harddrive to save your changes.

One of the cool things is you can suspend your current session and restore it elsewhere using QEMU console commands (so much for IBM's SoulDrive - I used to do this on an old Mac using SoftPC)

Ctrl+Alt+2
savevm FileLocation
OR
qemu -savevm FileLocation
qemu -loadvm FileLocation (remaining switches)

Here's the URIs:

http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/damnsmall/

http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/damnsmall/current/dsl-...

There are some caveats, such as the recent release is still using some older software, like Firefox 1.06 and QEMU 0.7.0 (it's at 0.8.0 now with improved VLAN networking and different switches) -- so you may need to make your add-on for the new Firefox and update your QEMU executables and start scripts like I did. But, it does work properly out-of-the-box - just unzip and start the script.

It fits perfectly on to a 128 meg stick. You might be able to tweak it and resize the virtual drive from 60meg down to 10meg to fit it on a 64meg stick.

Have fun. Later, Markus.

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Yup, I know

There are actually a few variants of Linux that run from a portable device. The section in the Apps Directory will be listing them.

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i love damn small linux, i

i love damn small linux, i think it was a brilliant creation. but i cant seem to find any other similar versions of "embedded linux". maybe you can use any iso image with quamu, i will have to try that.

i also want to custimize my own embedded version. you know how to edit the embedded version. i think i know some of the steps but not all of em. for example i think you have to boot with an arguement toam or something similar...

any ideas?

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yep, any iso can be run

yep, any iso can be run using qemu. the wikipedia page for qemu has a good example of syntax - it's pretty simple really, works portably as well...

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DSL and Portable Apps launcher

Question, can someone make it so DSL works with the portable apps launcher?

Thanks

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I have one

I wrote a custom launcher for it and have a PAF package of it. But it turns out DSL includes some non-open source components, so I can't host the package on SourceForge.

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can u

can u post the launcher or source
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PAF Size

What is the size of the PAF package? I would like to get a copy

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I will host it!

http://uploader.bydice.info just upload the whole thing, Cause I have been trying to make it for a while and still having issues.

Just post the link here.

I have 2.3TB of bandwidth that I am not using.

Thanks Smile

:::Update:::

Yesterday I made a Icon for it.
http://uploader.bydice.info/uploads/dsl.ico multi size
http://uploader.bydice.info/uploads/dsl.png
Hope you like Smile

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Nice

Cool Icon

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Host it!!!... Host it!!!...

I've been struggling to get DSL running correctly on my USB. Let me know when it is hosted and available.

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