Live CD with persistence

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  1. Kryyll

    Kryyll Active Member

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    I was just curious as to how to create a live cd (using a thumb drive or whatever) with any distro you want. For example, if I wanted to create a portable version of Slackware that I can put on a thumb drive and boot off any computer, how would I go about doing that?

    I understand that there are portable distros based on Slack, but how would you do this WITH Slack?

    Also, it is important that this is a persistent drive, meaning that when I make changes on the system they are saved.

  2. ryanvade

    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Well, depending on the size of the drive you can just install Slack to the USB drive like any other hard drive. Just make sure you have all the needed drivers.....
  3. Kryyll

    Kryyll Active Member

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    I've tried that but it doesn't boot correctly... Is there something that I need to do to get it to boot correctly? That is just using the generic Slackware install, so whatever drivers come with Slackware are there.
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    arochester Well-Known Member

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    http://slackware-live.tuxfamily.org/-Home-
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  5. labrat

    labrat Active Member

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    You need to expend a bit more on "doesn't boot correctly". Not much to go on there.

    A live system - i.e. one designed to run as a typical (read only) livecd is not quite the same thing as installing Slackware on a USB and using that as a portable system.
  6. Kryyll

    Kryyll Active Member

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    If you read about Slackware-live(the thing that @arochester posted), that is exactly what I want. I'm probably just going to give that a try, even with its horrible instructions. If that doesn't work I might try SlackEx.
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    arochester Well-Known Member

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    I agree!
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  8. Kryyll

    Kryyll Active Member

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    No gonna lie guys, I can't figure this out. The Slackware-live thing is beyond me and SlackEx doesn't support EFI booting. I guess I'll have to play around with Slackware and maybe some of the other portable distros. I know that there is a way to get EFI booting on Porteus, and I think Slax and Salix come with EFI booting out of the box. I'll have to try them all! >:)
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    UPDATE:

    I got what I wanted using Porteus, which is a portable GNU/Linux distro that is based on Slackware and is basically backwards compatible. After a few hours of playing around with a EFI booting script that I found, I finally got it to boot and run (really good actually). In fact, you can even boot in this on a Macbook Pro! It was kinda tricky but nothing a little GNU/Linux magic can't fix.

    If anyone wants to know how it's done I can post a thread or something :)

    ps: I posted this while using it ;)
  10. appyface

    appyface New Member

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    Hello Kryyll - I signed up just to post this reply to you... I am facing same situation, yes would you please create a new thread or other method for tutorial and give your step-by-step on how you achieved this result? Thank you very much for your help.
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    Kryyll Active Member

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    I created a thread and tagged you in it! ;)

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