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#1 2013-01-20 00:03:17

kdar
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USB flash drive bootable OS/Distro? Which one is good option?

Recently the hard drive on my laptop finally died (I hear very loud hard clicks when I was trying to mount it on another computer, so its probably for good now).

At the moment I am trying to decide what laptop to buy... either one of those chromebooks or something in ~500-600 USD range (I probably could buy new hard drive too but probably I will not bother and just buy new laptop eventaully once I decide which one)

However, till now, I been thinking what are some options for USB flash drive bootable OS... either Linux or maybe something similar to Chrome OS or that similar one to it. I want to be able to use this old laptop just for plain internet access and basic things like that... maybe something similar to chromebook.

What would you all recommend?

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#2 2013-01-20 00:08:35

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Re: USB flash drive bootable OS/Distro? Which one is good option?

Mmmm, I've heard of this one called archlinux.


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#3 2013-01-20 00:12:11

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Re: USB flash drive bootable OS/Distro? Which one is good option?

Trilby wrote:

Mmmm, I've heard of this one called archlinux.

Ya, heard that one is pretty good, Their site has a cool wiki and stuff.


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#4 2013-01-20 00:21:49

kdar
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Re: USB flash drive bootable OS/Distro? Which one is good option?

lol.. yea. I heard about it too. but I was thinking what are other options too (at least maybe something in line with chrome os) smile

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#5 2013-01-20 00:36:27

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Re: USB flash drive bootable OS/Distro? Which one is good option?

You might consider puppy linux. Its small, fast, and can run in memory.

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#6 2013-01-20 10:06:17

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Re: USB flash drive bootable OS/Distro? Which one is good option?

kdar wrote:

lol.. yea. I heard about it too. but I was thinking what are other options too (at least maybe something in line with chrome os)

Why not install Chrome OS then? smile

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#7 2013-01-20 12:34:43

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Re: USB flash drive bootable OS/Distro? Which one is good option?

What are you actually looking for?  ANY linux distro - and many other OSs - can be installed on a bootable usb.

If you don't offer any criteria, you're just going to get a random list of distros/OSs.


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