Anyone here boot Linux from a USB?

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  1. bingefeller macrumors 6502

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    Just wondering if any of you guys here are booting a distro of Linux from a USB drive? The options appear to be quite limited to only a few distros when doing this.

    Anyone have any thoughts or input on this?
     
  2. Renzatic Suspended

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    I have before. There's really not all that much to say about it. It's Linux for the most part...but a little slower.

    I will say it's a nice way to "have your computer with you, wherever you go", so to speak. Allocate some persistent file space to the USB drive, tailor it to your tastes, and slap some of your favorite lighter programs on it, and you have an excellent little OS on a thumbdrive for troubleshooting or working abroad.
     
  3. bingefeller thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Did you manage to get it to run on Mac OS X? I'd like to run it on my MacBook Pro, but not have to fiddle around with any EFI settings or anything like that.
     
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    All of my Linux experience is via PC, so I'm not the best person to ask about that. Someone else around here will probably pop up and answer that question far better than I could.

    But in the meantime, this might help you out a bit.
     
  5. bingefeller thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I didn't know about that program, thanks!
     
  6. Quackers macrumors 6502a

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    Mac Linux USB Loader didn't work for me. I had to resort to this method (after much head scratching and loss of grey cells)
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2174630

    I have installed Ubuntu to my rMBP previously though I only have it on a vm nowadays. I managed to install it with EFI. There was some messing about trying to get it all done but it was do-able.

    As far as booting and using Linux distros from a USB the only real problem I'm aware of is some graphics problems, which are usually fixable fairly quickly.
     
  7. LiquidSpikes macrumors regular

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    I used the program called "Unetbootin" makes almost any Linux iso USB bootable. http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

    Let me know what you think...:D
     
  8. cmhall9 macrumors newbie

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    Funny, I'm having this same problem. I read through your instructions provided by the link. I'll give it a try in the next day or two.
     
  9. Quackers macrumors 6502a

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    Let me know how it goes please.
    One recent attempt failed for a user but others have worked ok for me.
    I don't know what went wrong for him. Maybe something has changed :confused:
     

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