Self-contained Linux Os on USB flash drive with persistence?
February 8, 2014 5:17 PM Subscribe
Help me build a bootable USB stick with Linux on it that also can be updated with apps and data
posted by theobserver to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
For traveling and for fun, I am trying to install Linux on a USB stick. However, I couldn't find a guide on being able to run the OS from the USB and being able to add data, add/update apps etc.
I have tried UNetBootin, pendrivelinux and also downloaded ISOs from Linux Mint, Debian etc. I am not looking for a heavy distro like Ubuntu. What I need:
1. A bootable, secure, lightweight distro. Bonus if it does not store any identifiable data on the USB. Something like Tails OS, but with the things below.
(Secure means it does not run unnecessary services by default, no leaking of info, hard to be fingerprinted etc)
2. Web browsing, youtube and netflix
3. Support for external USB drives, wireless mouse and keyboard, common N/W card
4. Twitter app, Pidgin, media players
5. Ability to install packages easily and an encrypted data store that is easy to work with. Once I boot in, I should be able to work with the data normally, but if anyone hacks it over the network, should not be able to see data in cleartext. Would TrueCrypt be the solution? If yes, is there a more readable guide than the official one?