Linux and the hungry Penguin

Linux on a USB pen drive

Category: Linux
Posted: 2005-11-25 10:00, Edited: 2005-11-25 16:00


A friend of mine (Hi Steve) kindly sent me a USB pen drive as an early Christmas present. :) It was a 64MB drive which is just large enough to hold one of those Linux mini distributions.

Damn Small Linux (DSL) is a very versatile 50MB mini desktop oriented Linux distribution it can even boot from a USB pen drive! :D

So I booted from the Live CD and used the "Install to USB Pendrive" option. Alas to do the install it requires you connect to the Internet to download some files. My Nvidia built-in network card was recognized so I was stuck.

However I thought, I could do he install from any computer. So I went to see my friend who has a Dell laptop (Hi Cristi) and tried it there. The Dell also has an unrecognized network card but he also had an older PCMCIA card which worked just great. After a couple of aborted attempts DSL installed just fine on my pen drive!

So now I can boot Linux direct from USB on any computer which support USB booting! Great!

Keep Linuxing,

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