Boot and run Linux from a USB flash memory stick

Boot and run Linux from a USB flash memory stick

Carry a portable Linux version with you on a USB flash pen drive. Easily bring your portable desktop with you wherever you go.

Portable USB Linux Desktop Screenshot with CompizUSB Linux installation enables you to install a portable Linux operating system on a flash drive or USB key no larger than your thumb (thumbdrive). This portable Linux operating system can then be run from any computer that can boot from a flash device, allowing you to bring your operating system, desktop, applications, files, email, personal settings, favorites, games and more with you. It’s your own personal operating system you can carry in your pocket. On, we provide many simplified portable Linux flash drive installation tutorials. Making is easy for anyone to install, boot and run Linux portably from a Pen drive!


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Install Kubuntu 8.10 to a Flash Drive using the Live CD

Install Ubuntu 8.10 to a Flash Drive using the Live CD

How to make UBUNTU USB Live

How to make UBUNTU USB Live

Everyone seems to be loving the new release of Ubuntu i.e. Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex which launched yesterday.

It is a lot more secure and stable as compared to previous releases of Ubuntu. What I personally liked so far is the new ‘Carry on a USB’ feature which lets you download and install Ubuntu via a USB flash drive instead of burning it to a CD.

Here I have a little tutorial on how to install Ubuntu 8.10 via USB Flash Drive. I used the same tutorial to install Ubuntu on my Acer laptop without writing or burning it to a CD.

All you will be requiring is the Ubuntu 8.10 ISO which can be downloaded from and a USB flash drive with at least 1GB of memory.

Here is what you need to do.

  1. Connect your USB flash drive to your PC and format it in FAT32 by right clicking it and selecting format.
  2. Download the Ubuntu 8.10 conversion script and execute it. A folder named Ubuntu810 shall be created.
  3. Place the Ubuntu 8.10 ISO in the Ubuntu810 folder.
  4. Select and run the Ubuntu810.bat file inside the Ubuntu810 folder and follow the onsreen instructions.
  5. Once the script has finished, restart your PC and set your BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from the USB device, save your changes and reboot.

If everything goes well, you should now be able to test the LiveCD version of Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex and even install it. This method is non-persistant so it won’t save any changes you make while running Ubuntu in the LiveCD mode.

Thanks to PendriveLinux for the tutorial.