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post #1 of 16
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I looked up this topic on Google, but the results always consist of outdated replies, and nothing quite right.

My question is, what is the best distro of linux to install on a 8GB Flash drive, that is the best for on the go multimedia applications?
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post #2 of 16
Probably Slax.

You can customize it very well, so rather then getting a bloated OS, you can say: "I want a multimedia thumbdrive so I want X / Y player and this or that" or build a cyber forensics drive with g-parted, and no garbage multimedia stuff or office stuff.

Basically go to their site and pick what you want for components to add to the base OS. Just don't bother with things like video drivers, they are only useful if the drive will only be used with one specific computer.
    
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post #3 of 16
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Nice. Any recommended modules?
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post #4 of 16
I'd suggest you also look into Puppy Linux.

It's small enough to fit entirely in the ram of the machine you're running it on...
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You could install arch directly to a usb stick just follow the usb install guide.
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i use ubuntu.. its up to u. plenty of flavors to choose from smile.gif
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You can burn arch to a usb disk... well, dd it directly to the device which is nice.
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post #8 of 16
SLAX is a bit outdated but the new incarnation of it is called Porteus.

Looks pretty nice but I haven't had a free flash drive to try it out on.

http://porteus.org/index.php
     
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post #9 of 16
i just wouldnt feel right if i didnt promote #! smile.gif

cause #! IS AWESOME! biggrin.gif <3 debian stuff
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post #10 of 16
Greetz
I enter my addition for Slax, or rather what it has evolved into. Slax is suffering from neglect for quite some time and although it will still be useful for years, it is the spinoffs that are active and epic. I am referring to Slax-Remix which was a "roll off" of Slax but apparently there were disagreements between the developers and Slax-Remix, the best overall desktop, web-surfing, multimedia-supporting Live Distro I have ever experienced (and I have a stack of them) was renamed Porteus.

For one thing all the other Live distros require that you download an use an application to make them boot USB. That is a single command script included in Porteus called "makeboot". Although there is a plethora of great add-on modules, the jealousy of Slax for Slax-Remix (Porteus) was based in the simple fact that it comes default with all the things most people like best such as Firefox with Flash already installed and working. It also comes with network boot, safe video modes as well as advanced proprietary video drivers, choice of posh or minimalist WM/ DE, excellent wifi support, and much more including persistence where it keeps your changes.

Puppy and a few others are indeed decent but they are not THIS decent. You just have to try it to really get a feel for how great it is. BTW, although this is not good news to me, it is for most, that apparently Pacman (the pkg manager, not the game) is coming to Porteus and may even be there as of this writing. My latest copy is 5 months old and I use it everywhere.
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