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If you have Ubuntu already installed on one of your computers, just do the thing I said above. It will produce a persistent Ubuntu installation on the USB.

You can do it in Windows, but I haven't had much luck with it (I don't know why, but it just wouldn't boot. It could have been that the ISO was bad).
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/14912...b-flash-drive/
I'm saying a new build...no OS, no HDD's, no SSD's, just a mobo, cpu, and video card.
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I'm saying a new build...no OS, no HDD's, no SSD's, just a mobo, cpu, and video card.
I think you misunderstood me. Just set the USB you made as the default boot device and you do not need any HDD's. You just need to prepare the USB drives on another computer like your sig rig.
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http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1591144

Done it. It works just fine. It was kinda slow but I'm not sure if that was because of my netbook or the flash drive. In response to the last post. My flash drive did kick the can.. It was 4 years after all and spent most of that time getting abused on my keys.
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I think you misunderstood me. Just set the USB you made as the default boot device and you do not need any HDD's. You just need to prepare the USB drives on another computer like your sig rig.
Yeah I did miss what you said If 4GB flash drives will be enough, then I already have them....if not, I'll probably just pick up some cheap 20 HDD's on the egg or CL
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I think ubuntu x64 only takes up about 900MB on the flash drive. The rest you can use for persistent data. I have over 3GB to use for data on my 4GB flash drive.
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I think ubuntu x64 only takes up about 900MB on the flash drive. The rest you can use for persistent data. I have over 3GB to use for data on my 4GB flash drive.
Wow, thank you...I may start playing around with this soon, to see how much space is taken up with the folding apps.
post #17 of 25
900mb?

HAHAHA last time i checked an ubuntu install was over 2g... actually closer to 4g... maybe they sized it down with some compression of different system files to sacrifice speed to save disc space...

ubuntu might not be the best choice for flash drive stuff, there is smaller stuff like 100mb iso for puppylinux, or 50mb iso for damn small linux, or you could go with something mroe main stream like a custom arch install which might be better or something like crunchbang which is like 1.7gb or something... or you can do a debian net install...

but to answer the actual question, YES you can run ubuntu off of JUST a flash drive you will have to set bios options to boot from flash drive, and make sure you configure grub correctly and all that fun stuff... but once you get the details sorted out it will work quite well

one question though... why arent you just using cheap small hard drives instead? an actual hard drive even a platter one will be faster and much easier to set up
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900mb?

HAHAHA last time i checked an ubuntu install was over 2g... actually closer to 4g... maybe they sized it down with some compression of different system files to sacrifice speed to save disc space...

ubuntu might not be the best choice for flash drive stuff, there is smaller stuff like 100mb iso for puppylinux, or 50mb iso for damn small linux, or you could go with something mroe main stream like a custom arch install which might be better or something like crunchbang which is like 1.7gb or something... or you can do a debian net install...

but to answer the actual question, YES you can run ubuntu off of JUST a flash drive you will have to set bios options to boot from flash drive, and make sure you configure grub correctly and all that fun stuff... but once you get the details sorted out it will work quite well

one question though... why arent you just using cheap small hard drives instead? an actual hard drive even a platter one will be faster and much easier to set up
O rly

My persistent file on my 4GB ubuntu flash drive is over 3GB.

I think we're confused with creating the usb boot with USB-CREATOR-GTK, and actually installing from media to the flash drive. I'm not doing the latter, nor would I with a flash drive.
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O rly

My persistent file on my 4GB ubuntu flash drive is over 3GB.

I think we're confused with creating the usb boot with USB-CREATOR-GTK, and actually installing from media to the flash drive. I'm not doing the latter, nor would I with a flash drive.
yeah guess its a specialized install with a lot of stuff compressed sacrificing speed and stuff :/

cause an actual ubuntu install is quite large
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I have to agree after listening to all this to just get some cheap platters, SATA I...someone's always getting rid of cheap drives somewhere
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