Live USB Install Puts Linux On Your Thumb Drive With Ease

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usb linuxBoot one of over a hundred Linux distros from a USB disk. With Live USB, software you can run on both Windows and Linux computers, it only takes a couple of clicks to make your USB disk a bootable Linux disk. The live CD just might be the most useful tool in any geek’s arsenal – we’ve pointed out 50 uses for live CDs in the past and plan on showing you many more. As time goes on, however, CD drives become less common. That’s why booting from a USB drive is useful: it works on notebooks and other devices without optical drives.

Linux Live USB Creator, a similar program, can help create live USB drives, but it only works on Windows. Live USB Install works on both Windows and Linux, and is incredibly simple to use. Just pick which version of Linux you want to use and which drive you’d like to install it to. Your software will be downloaded and installed, and you will soon be able to live a contented life involving the booting of Linux from a USB disk.

If this sounds complicated, don’t worry: it isn’t. Your disk will be up and running in no time.

Using Live USB

The interface couldn’t be much friendlier, inviting you to pick what version of Linux you’d like to install. If you’ve already downloaded an ISO file, great. You can point Live USB towards it to create your live USB disk. If you already have a Linux CD, that’s also great – you can use that as a source too.

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If you don’t have either though, you can simply click a version of Linux and Live USB will download it for you. You’ll need to scroll through a rather long list to do so:

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Not sure where to start? Ubuntu, Fedora and Linux Mint are all good options if you’re looking for a general Linux experience. You’ll also need to pick which version you want. Not sure what this means? Just pick the most recent version, because that’s probably what you want.

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Once you’ve figured out what you want to install, it’s time to figure out where you want to install it. Insert your flash drive and pick it from the menu:

If you can’t see your drive, hit “Refresh“. It will show up.

Persistent Installation

You can, if you want, create a “persistent” installation of Ubuntu and other Debian-based distributions. What does this mean? Software you install and documents you create after booting this thumb drive will stay on your thumb drive. It’s a virtual computer on a drive!

Download Now!

Ready to try this out? If so, head over to the Live USB download page. You’ll find a DEB package there for Ubuntu and source code for other Linux distributions. You’ll also find the Windows download.

Conclusion

This program is easy to use and works well. I plan on using it to try out a variety of Linux distros in the months to come.

But, as always, I want to know – how did this program work for you? Fill me in the comments below; I’ll be around to answer questions.

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Comments (23)
  • windows 8 review

    You really make it seem so easy along with your presentation but I in finding this topic to be actually something that I feel I would by no means understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me. I am looking forward for your next put up, I will try to get the hold of it!

  • Enzo Ti

    is the linux really be installed in the usb drive??or just a live cd??

  • Paul

    I tried the ubuntu linux tutorial it downloaded no problem and then onto my pen drive try to use it wouldn’t work also tried rebooting my PC still did not work I have Windows 7 home premium any suggestions would be grateful yours faithfully Paul

    • jhpot

      Did you get Ubuntu onto your flash drive? If so, you need to tell your computer to boot from USB when you restart. How to do this varies from computer to computer, but look for instructions when your computer turns on. For example: it might say “To enter setup, press F8″, in which case you should press F8. It might be different for you, but follow the instructions. Once you get into setup, find the boot options and set your USB drive as the default thing to boot from.

      Don’t see the USB option Your computer might not be capable of booting from USB. Burn a CD instead.

    • Paul

      thanks for your reply I will look into the boot sequence and tried that Paul

  • Chrisviss1

    Nice work. Thanks. But I have another question: Can you give me name(s) of dvd burners on Linux, that makes a dvd readable on Windows?

    Tanks again.

    Chris

    • jhpot

      The default burners in most Linux versions should do the trick. K3B is really good otherwise; check your distribution’s package manager.

  • themainliner

    Hmmm…looks OK. I’d like to know how it compares to MultiSystem which is my app of choice in this category. MultiSystem would appear to be a winner, however, as it creates and updates a menu so, on a larger USB device, you can choose to boot from many live/installation images.

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