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PortableApps vs. U3

I have downloaded the Portable OpenOffice.org from your site here. I used thie one becuase the U3 version seemed to be 3 times a large.

The U3 version of FF seems to run faster. Is there any advantage to using either version?

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Comparison

Actually, you'll find Portable Firefox 1.5 and Mozilla Firefox for U3 1.5 launch in nearly the exact same amount of time. They use nearly identical code (I know, I coded the U3 version). Both are faster than Portable Firefox 1.0 due to a faster underlying Firefox.

The OpenOffice.org for U3 version is larger due to inefficiencies in the U3 framework that will hopefully be resolved in a later release of the U3 Launchpad. It actually adds about 75MB to in the install size that could be removed... but it would violate U3 certification to do so.

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USB Difference

The difference on my end probably has more to do with the Upgraded USB Flash Drive. I was using Portable FF 1.5 on a Lexar 128mb that was over a year old. My new GeekSquad 512mb U3 seems much faster overall. I will stick with your version of OpenOffice.org.

One more question.

Does anybody have any guess on life expentancy for a flash drive if it is used for portable apps?

I am concerned because I have heard that they cannot handle the read write for very long.

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A while

Newer drives space writes out over the drive, evening out lifespan. I'd wager you'll get at least a few years out of a drive if you used it every day to run apps.

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Re: A while

Thanks again for your quick responses. A few years is forever in the computer business.

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what the diff?

The diff between the portable versions here and the U3 ones?

Also where do get the U3 versions?

I use a USB 40GB harddrive most of the time, so does U3 make diff for that? Or is only for flash drives?

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U3 is only for U3 drives

U3 is a platform that only works on U3-branded thumbdrives, so it would not be an option for your 40GB USB drive. The U3 apps I've been packaging are nearly identical to the standard ones I have available (they use the same code) but they integrate into the U3 launchpad.

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