(Somewhat) New user wanting to live boot Linux

Oct 6, 2020
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Hey, I've used Linux from time to time and I want to see if I get myself to be able to live boot Linux.
My only limitation is I have a 2 gigabyte flash drive and want to know any distros I should be pointed to.

Any help is appreciated, thanks.

Most live boot version of Linux are under 2GB when uncompressed - they are trimmed down versions of the DVD iso's.
As with any answer it needs to be known what you are trying to achieve?
If you want to play audio and edit movies etc - then try Ubuntu Studio ?
If you just want a solid desktop machine that works with a desktop GUI - Ubuntu 20.04 LTS or Fedora desktop - version 31 or 32 by now.
If you want to run a webserver and database server etc etc - try a headless Centos (Community enterprise Operating System - a public free reskinned RedHat).
If you want all the analytical toys and tools then try Knoppix Live.

After downloading the desired iso

insert your USB and
sudo fdisk -l
will give you your USB device in a notation as /dev/sdx

make sure the device boot flag is set to "bootable" under
sudo fdisk /dev/sdx

sudo dd if=/path/to/iso of=/dev/sdx bs=2048 conv=notrunc,noerror status=progress
will write the image to the USB drive
I am wanting to just have a USB I can use on my old computer when I'm just surfing the web and can bring along with me elsewhere if I so need to.
Most live boot version of Linux are under 2GB when uncompressed

To give this some numbers:

My "Current Distros" folder (excludes archives of distros past) contains 127 .iso files.

Of those, only 32 files are larger than 1.8 GB.

I figure 1.8 GB ISOs should only expand to somewhere under 2 GB, so I went with that as my maximum.

That's just 'current distros'. If I look in my archives, the numbers will favor smaller ISOs.

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