Porteus be free anywhere
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As you might expect there are few considerable incentives to use
Porteus as your
- It is portable;
- It might be launched on any host;
- It is a lightweight version of
- It might be loaded directly into RAM (!)
Of course it is not a silver bullet, but sometimes it is useful to utilize its peculiar advantages.
This article might shed a light on a much attractive
feature: its capability to load into RAM of your PC when all data
on your HDD stay detached. It might be defined as completely
non-intrusive installation of UNIX OS.
Comparison with other live-USB distributions
There is an abundance of similar by main features live-USB Linux distributions, but the Load to RAM is a killer one:
- OS allocates in RAM, thus:
- it allows to do all what you want to do on incredible speed;
- it prevents USB-stick damage by writing incremental changes;
- it grants you permission to modify it manually.
As an opposite experience I have had
Ubuntu USB-stick which was
similar by functionality and it was completely ruined after ~70
PC's boot-ing. Seems like incremental changes writing demolished
it. And in addition it is unavoidable there.
Suppose it is enough to ensure you to make your own
live-USB and take a challenge of total portability.
Set all stuff on the places
root terminal session
Mount partition with
Porteus saves incremental changes in
# save-changes /mnt/sdc1/porteus/optional/extension_001.xzm
/mnt/sdc1/porteus/optional/ is a path to your
extension_001.xzm is a filename itself.
# nano /mnt/sdc1/boot/syslinux/porteus.cfg
Try to configure <CapsLock> as an additional <Ctrl>:
/usr/bin/setxkbmap -option "ctrl:nocaps" /usr/bin/setxkbmap -option "caps:ctrl_modifier"
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