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Linux in my pocket

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TWO weeks ago, I wrote about portable applications that you can carry in your pocket. Wouldn’t it be simpler if you could run the operating system right off a flash drive and bring the programs and data you need on the same stick?

As it turns out, it is possible.

For the longest time, I’d heard of people running Damn Small Linux (only 50 megabytes!) or PuppyLinux on flash drives. But a cursory look at these distributions convinced me they were a bit more spartan than I would like.

I found a tutorial on installing Ubuntu on a flash drive, but the process was complicated and entailed using a modified version of the operating system.

One of the easiest approaches I found came from a Web site called Pendrive Linux (http://pendrivelinux.com/), which documents several ways to run a variety of Linux distributions on portable USB devices.

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