[SATLUG] OS installs on thumb drives

travis+ml-satlug at subspacefield.org travis+ml-satlug at subspacefield.org
Tue Oct 12 17:56:10 CDT 2010

On Mon, Sep 06, 2010 at 07:38:00PM -0500, Thomas Weeks wrote:
> On Monday 06 September 2010 01:21:49 travis+ml-satlug at subspacefield.org wrote:
> > I wanted to make an entire OS install on a thumb drive.  Ideally I'd
> > like to have a whole, regular system, that I can use grub with, boot
> > various kernels, etc.
> If any of the Ubuntus are to your liking ..

Of course :-)

> I highly recommend checking out 
> usb-creator.

Hmm, I tried it and was put off by FAT.

In the end I just booted a Ubuntu alternate installer (under
virtualbox non-OSS version so I could pass USB to the guest) and
installed encrypted LVM to the USB drive.

> With usb-creator.. the native VFAT 
> of the USB device is preserved when NOT booted into the device.  But when 
> booted into it, your diffs are mounted as a native Linux filesystem. So that's 
> cool too (doesn't try to force you to work in VFAT when booted in).

Interesting, I did not know that.
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