Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Now introduce the same concept via a USB stick and things get really interesting.
The dilemma I've faced in the past is that I knew I could make a workable and persistent USB-based device in Linux...there are a lot of tools available. I simply assumed one had to be in the Linux environment to do so.
Silly me...Now who's the idiot making assumptions...? I found the Windows apps on the pendrivelinux.com website that I "assumed" only wrote about Linux tools such as UNetbootin.
There are two applications that I personally use and recommend for making a Linux distro USB device while in Windows. For those that may not be familiar with them, here's the deal...
Linux Live USB Creator or "Lili" is a Windows app that allows you to make a persistent USB Linux distro. Now I will admit that it's been a while but the appliciations that are available in Linux to do this task would fail better than half the time...problem is, they wouldn't fail until you had 30 minutes invested in the process. It was frustrating to say the least.
Lili was a breeze to use in Windows. The picture on the right shows 4 extremely simple steps to get the job done. While it does only offer an option to work in FAT 32, I have yet to find this any slower than the sticks I've created in EXT3 or 4 in a Linux environment.
Lili has an advantage in that it allows you to choose a "persistent mode" and any software you install or changes you make within the entire system are saved for the next time you boot the stick. The downside, at least to me was the fact that the developers have to constantly build the app in order for it to work with the latest distros. While it worked great within the rather inclusive list of distros mentioned, it failed to work with a custom distro we built from Linux Mint for The HeliOS Project. Not a show-stopper...you can customize your distro any way you want and it will stay that way...As long as that distro is on the list.
Linux Against Poverty on June 19th.
Some might wonder why we would write about creating a Linux USB stick in Windows but the fact is that if the only options are in Linux, then how is a Windows User going to see or understand it?
I thought I would take time to also mention a tool that will create a Linux image from ISO while in Windows. Sure there are a bunch of them available but the one we found to work best for new users is called ISO Recorder.
It is simple enough to use even for the most basic user, however one drawback I've found is that there is no DVD support until Vista. Since 80 percent of the Windows Users I know still use XP, that could be a problem.
So...if you would help me pass along these cool tools to your favorite Windows User, I'd appreciate it...OR post ones that you know of that work well.
blather and mumbling provided by Ken Starks at 3:32 PM