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Topic # 34805 29-May-2009 15:34
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I wonder if anyone here tried Moblin 2.0 yet? Will it boot from a USB memory key? Also, is there a way to have Live Ubuntu from a USB key? I have an external DVD drive but is so much easier to go the USB key way...

I have an HP Mini Mi. This is the U.S. version, one with the custom Ubuntu Linux made for HP.





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  Reply # 219567 29-May-2009 21:42
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Both work from a USB key, but they require a byte-level copy of the iso/img to the usb key.

I've hacked the initrd of moblin so it'll boot via grub on the (fat) usb key I have, since I have a lot of bootable utils on it already, and I wanted to add moblin to it. I'll be doing Ubuntu next :)




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  Reply # 219577 29-May-2009 21:56
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Yep, just tried Ubuntu 9.04 from a USB key, worked well, recognised all hardware, so I took the plunge and installed it, replacing the original HP Linux - which was too dark and the launcher didn't have a desktop, etc.

Now I am thinking: should I have installed the Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix instead?

What do you think?





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  Reply # 219587 29-May-2009 22:08
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I haven't tried ubuntu in a while, and I've only just downloaded the remix - it'll be a day or so before I get the initrd munged around a bit :)

I'd go with whatever you're comfortable with using - grab the remix image, and give it a go on the usb key the same way. that way you can compare and decide which you like better.




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  Reply # 225889 17-Jun-2009 17:45

Moblin 2 is fine. Pretty slick, actually.

One of the images I used was the regular .img file. Just point KVM to it & off you go.

Depending on how you DL it, you may have to either dd it, or use a tool like UNetBootIn to create a boot disk. I've had some sports with the 9.04 bootdisk-creator. I use UNet quite a bit, since it doesn't format the drive before loading the data.
Makes it safe to use on other devices, like an iPod (I've made my iPod a live-boot USB drive)

instuctions provided here:
http://moblin.org/documentation/test-drive-moblin/using-moblin-live-image

in your case, you may be better off simply runing the or off the flash drive




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  Reply # 226354 18-Jun-2009 17:47

Here's a NetBook roll-your-own how-to guide:
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/blogs/linuxline/166887/diy_netbook_linux.html




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