Install a Linux system to a USB stick and get perfect persistence!

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Many people like to run/test a Linux system without touching/changing their hard drive. There are a lot of installations programs out there for both Linux and Windows. Most of them doesn’t offer persistence though. Very little is written about the fact that the “ordinary” installation program for installations to hard drive (in some cases) also can be used to install a Linux system to a USB stick. Using such an installation method will of course give you perfect persistence! Here are some examples.

1. ExTiX – based on Ubuntu
Installation with perfect persistence using the regular installation program Ubiquity. Read about how to do it (under B)).

2. exGENT – based on Gentoo Linux
Installation with perfect persistence using a script, which I call exGENT Installer. It is done in the same way as a hard drive installation. Read more…

3. SlackEX – based on Slackware
SlackEX has to be installed to a USB Stick. Read about how to do it. It can be done i Windows or Linux.

4. CruxEX – based on CRUX
Please read my INSTRUCTION for CruxEX. It can be done i Windows or Linux.

5. EXTON OpSuS – based on openSUSE
EXTON OpSuS has to be installed to a USB stick. It can be done i Windows or Linux. Read about how to do it.

6. ArchEX – based on Arch Linux
Please read my INSTRUCTION. All your system changes will be saved directly on the stick.

EXTON OpSuS (openSUSE 42.1) KDE 64 bit Linux Live USB – Build 151112

suseEXTON OpSuS 42.1 KDE is based on openSUSE Leap 42.1, released 20151104.

ABOUT
EXTON OpSuS KDE uses kernel 4.1.12-1 and KDE 4.14.10. Installed programs: Among many other programs, Firefox, Thunderbird, Gimp, SMPlayer, NetworkManager, GParted and LibreOffice. You’ll run the system as root or as the ordinary user live. Root’s and live’s password is root/live. EXTON OpSuS can easily be installed to hard drive (of those who so desire). That is directly while running the system from a USB stick. All programs have been updated to the latest available stable version as of November 12, 2015. The system language is English.

Installing to a USB stick with persistence and then to hard drive
After installing EXTON OpSuS 42.1 to a USB stick, you can change the system completely and then install the system to a hard drive. You can also continue to have it only on the USB stick and run EXTON OpSuS (all three versions) on any computer you want. If you install EXTON OpSuS on a large enough (and fast) USB stick, you can go ahead and install for example LXDE, Mate or Xfce4. All your system changes are automatically saved to the USB stick.

Google Chrome and Netflix
To be able to watch Netflix movies in Linux you’ll need the Google Chrome Browser. It can be installed in EXTON OpSuS. Just follow this instruction.

Why should someone choose EXTON OpSuS/openSUSE?

Screenshot – EXTON OpSuS 42.1 Desktop

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A new version of EXTON OpSuS (openSUSE) is ready!

openSUSEEXTON OpSuS 13.2 KDE is based on openSUSE 13.2, released 20150108. EXTON OpSuS KDE uses kernel 3.16.7 and KDE 4.14.4. Installed programs: Among many other programs, Firefox, Thunderbird, FileZilla, Gimp, Vlc, Network Manager, Samba client, GParted and LibreOffice. Study the full list of PACKAGES. You’ll run the system as root or as the ordinary user live. Root’s and live’s password is root/live. EXTON OpSuS can easily be installed to hard drive (of those who so desire). That is directly while running the system from a USB stick. All programs have been updated to the latest available stable version as of February 17, 2015. The system language is English.

Installing to a USB stick and/or to hard drive
After installing EXTON OpSuS 13.2 to a USB stick, you can change the system completely and then install the system to a hard drive. You can also continue to have it only on the USB stick and run EXTON OpSuS on any computer you want. If you install EXTON OpSuS on a large enough (and fast) USB pen drive, you can go ahead and install for example Cinnamon, Mate or Xfce4. All your system changes are automatically saved to the USB stick. Persistence!

Why should someone choose EXTON OpSuS/openSUSE?

See a screenshot of the KDE Desktop

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A new version of EXTON OpSuS (openSUSE) is ready!

openSUSEEXTON OpSuS 13.2 KDE is based on openSUSE 13.2, released 20150108. EXTON OpSuS KDE uses kernel 3.16.7 and KDE 4.14.4. Installed programs: Among many other programs, Firefox, Thunderbird, FileZilla, Gimp, Vlc, Network Manager, Samba client, GParted and LibreOffice. Study the full list of PACKAGES. You’ll run the system as root or as the ordinary user live. Root’s and live’s password is root/live. EXTON OpSuS can easily be installed to hard drive (of those who so desire). That is directly while running the system from a USB stick. All programs have been updated to the latest available stable version as of February 17, 2015. The system language is English.

Installing to a USB stick and/or to hard drive
After installing EXTON OpSuS 13.2 to a USB stick, you can change the system completely and then install the system to a hard drive. You can also continue to have it only on the USB stick and run EXTON OpSuS on any computer you want. If you install EXTON OpSuS on a large enough (and fast) USB pen drive, you can go ahead and install for example Cinnamon, Mate or Xfce4. All your system changes are automatically saved to the USB stick. Persistence!

Why should someone choose EXTON OpSuS/openSUSE?

See a screenshot of the KDE Desktop

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A new mini version of EXTON OpSuS 13.1 (openSUSE) 32 bit

openSUSEEXTON OpSuS 13.1 32bit Mini uses the Fluxbox Desktop environment. Only a minimun of software is pre-installed. (Firefox, NetworkManager, Yast2 (openSUSE Control Center), LXTerminal, Leafpad and GPicview). I give you the pleasure to install any additional software that you need. This version is for people with older 32 bit computers with perhaps only 512 MB RAM. Just like the other two versions of EXTON OpSuS 13.1 you run the Mini version from a USB stick with persistence. You can of course also install the system to hard drive (if you want).

DOWNLOAD
This is the third version of EXTON OpSuS 13.1. All three versions can be dowloaded from the Swedish Linux Society’s server or from Sourceforge.netFast, secure and free downloads from the largest Open Source applications and software directory.

INSTALL to a USB  pen drive
You shall/must install EXTON OpSuS 13.1 Mini/Gnome/KDE to a USB stick. When downloading they come in the form of a zip file. After unpacking with (for example) 7-Zip, you will have a file named EXTON_mOpSuS_13.1_32bit_535mb_140119.img of about 1 GB, EXTON_OpSuS_13.1_32bit_gnome_140117.img of about 3 GB or EXTON-OpSuS-13.1-64bit-KDE-131124.img of about 3 GB. This is the file you want to install to a USB stick of at least 2 GB respectively 4 GB.

See this Desktop screenshot

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EXTON OpSuS Gnome 32bit Linux Live USB – version 140117

openSUSEToday (140117) I’ve made a 32 bit version of EXTON OpSuS 13.1 (OpenSUSE 13.1). This time with Gnome 3.10 and Gnome Classic as Desktop environments. Version 131124 of EXTON OpSuS 13.1 uses KDE 4.11.3.

EXTON OpSuS 13.1 Gnome/KDE is based on openSUSE 13.1, released 20131119. EXTON OpSuS Gnome/KDE uses kernel 3.11.6 and Gnome 3.10/KDE 4.11.3. Installed programs: Among many other programs, Firefox, Thunderbird, FileZilla, Gimp, Vlc, NetworkManager, GParted and LibreOffice. You’ll run the system as root or as the ordinary user live. Root’s and live’s password is root/live. EXTON OpSuS can easily be installed to hard drive (of those who so desire). That is directly while running the system from a USB stick. All programs have been updated to the latest available stable version as of January 17, 2014 (Gnome version) respectively November 24, 2013 (KDE version). The system language is English.

Installing to a USB stick with persistence and/or to hard drive
After installing EXTON OpSuS 13.1 (both versions) to a USB stick, you can change the system completely and then install the system to a hard drive. You can also continue to have it only on the USB stick and run EXTON OpSuS (both versions) on any computer you want. If you install EXTON OpSuS on a large enough (and fast) USB stick, you can go ahead and install for example LXDE, Mate or Xfce4. All your system changes are automatically saved to the USB stick. That way you’ll be really portable.

See a screenshot of the Gnome 3.10 Desktop (Classic)

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A new version of EXTON OpSuS (openSUSE) is ready!

openSUSEEXTON OpSuS 13.1 KDE is based on openSUSE 13.1, released 20131119. EXTON OpSuS KDE uses kernel 3.11.6 and KDE 4.11.3. Installed programs: Among many other programs, Firefox, Thunderbird, FileZilla, Gimp, Vlc, Network Manager, Samba client, GParted and LibreOffice. Study the full list of PACKAGES. You’ll run the system as root or as the ordinary user live. Root’s and live’s password is root/live. EXTON OpSuS can easily be installed to hard drive (of those who so desire). That is directly while running the system from a USB stick. All programs have been updated to the latest available stable version as of November 24, 2013. The system language is English.

Installing to a USB stick and/or to hard drive
After installing EXTON OpSuS 13.1 to a USB stick, you can change the system completely and then install the system to a hard drive. You can also continue to have it only on the USB stick and run EXTON OpSuS on any computer you want. If you install EXTON OpSuS on a large enough (and fast) USB pen drive, you can go ahead and install for example Cinnamon, Mate or Xfce4. All your system changes are automatically saved to the USB stick.

Why should someone choose EXTON OpSuS/openSUSE?

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EXTON OpSuS (openSUSE 12.3) KDE 64bit Linux Live USB

EXTON OpSuSI’ve made a new version of EXTON OpSuS. This time with KDE 4.10.1 and Razor-qt 0.5.2 as Desktop environments.

EXTON OpSuS 12.3 KDE4
is based on openSUSE 12.3, released 130313.

Installed programs
Among many other programs, Firefox, Thunderbird, FileZilla, Gimp, Vlc, NetworkManager, GParted and LibreOffice. Study the full PACKAGE list.

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A new version of EXTON OpSuS 32bit Linux Live USB

EXTON OpSuSEXTON OpSuS 12.2 32bit LXDE is based on openSUSE 12.2. EXTON OpSuS uses kernel 3.4.20 and LXDE. (“An extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment”). Installed programs: Among many other programs, Firefox, Thunderbird, Gimp, Vlc, NetworkManager, GParted and LibreOffice. Study the full PACKAGE list as of 121215.

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