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Ubuntu is a remote computer operating system based on Linux. It is a free and open source software, using its own desktop environment. (Somwhat simmilar to Windows.)

A Live USB is a USB that has a bootable OS (Operating System) on it.

This instructable will help you create one!

(Please bear in mind that this is my first instructable article. Suggestions are welcome!)
 
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Step 1: Preparation

What you will need:
- A 4GB USB Drive (The OS itself is about 2.5GB, which will leave you with plenty of space for your own files)
- A fast internet connection (to download the necessary files)
- A computer that can boot a USB
- Windows XP/Vista/7 (To run the installer)
- A bit of common sense (to put it all together!)

Step 2: Backup

THIS STEP IS IMPORTANT!!!

Back up all the data on your USB safely onto your computer, as this will erase your USB!
(Although it is possible to keep your data and have the OS installed, I do not recommend it!)

Step 3: Downloading

Picture of Downloading

There are two files that you will need to download:
- The Ubuntu virtual image (.iso) file - Get it from here: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download. Size: 712MB
- The USB Installer (.exe) file - Get it from here: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/#button or get the older version from my attachments. Size: 981KB

PuskashK15 days ago

Thanks for this one. It's very useful and educative. But I'm wondering if it could be possible to coupling this with - say - a gParted Live image in a multiboot device for much more utilities and handfulness on a single stick. Or in short: can we do multiboot USB pendrives with this?

Unfortunately, it'snot possible with current USB technologies. You cannot (easily) partition a USB to create multiple locations for different OS's. You would also need multiple different boot sectors, and that might confuse the PC. All in all, you would do better with an OS per USB. That being said...

There is a way to do this. You could just use folders in the USB for specific OS's, and the edit GRUB to allow you to choose your boot location (never tried this though). Another option would just be to use a portable hard-disk instead (or format your USB to NTFS). This should, in theory, allow you to multiboot your USB.

This is all in theory though, I never tried it all, simply had no need for it. But I will give it a look.

AbdulH1 month ago

Very Good Article,

Using Yours Instructions

I had Copied My Data From C Drive While Windows Was Corrupt.

Thank You So Much. :)

You're welcome!

martinrowe1 year ago
Great article, it saved my precious data,
Thank you very much


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ajulik1997 (author)  martinrowe1 year ago
You're welcome!
This makes a USB ubuntu installer and not Ubuntu On USB.Sigh...
ajulik1997 (author)  Giggitygoebbels1 year ago
The installer comes as default with all Ubuntu Distros, but when you choose the run option (or whatever its called), it will take you to the actual Interface.
sl0j0n2 years ago
Hello, "ajulik1997".
Great job!
I just installed Ubuntu 12.04 on a 16GB PNY flash drive.
I 'messed around' w/ linux 5-6 years ago,
but I didn't have an 'up-to-date' computer, so I waited.
I built a new box, late '10-early '11, and finally got the hdds straightened out.
Seagates, 7200.12s, 1 @ 500GB, and 1 @ 1000GB.
Had to flash the firmware to get 'em runnin' "more correctly",
but still don't trust 'em.
So, a flash drive linux install *should* be the 'go to' solution. [Maybe.]
I partitioned it 12GB, w/ a 2GB swap.
I like how 'easy' yours was, though.

Have a GREAT day, neighbor!
ajulik1997 (author)  sl0j0n2 years ago
Thank you, Im happy thatit wroked for you!
sl0j0n2 years ago
Hello, "ajulik1997".
Great job!
I just installed Ubuntu 12.04 on a 16GB PNY flash drive.
I 'messed around' w/ linux 5-6 years ago,
but I didn't have an 'up-to-date' computer, so I waited.
I built a new box, late '10-early '11, and finally got the hdds straightened out.
Seagates, 7200.12s, 1 @ 500GB, and 1 @ 1000GB.
Had to flash the firmware to get 'em runnin' "more correctly",
but still don't trust 'em.
So, a flash drive linux install *should* be the 'go to' solution. [Maybe.]
I partitioned it 12GB, w/ a 2GB swap.
I like how 'easy' yours was, though.

Have a GREAT day, neighbor!
taylud2 years ago
would this work on a 2gb usb and can i store my apps and files on it aswell
ajulik1997 (author)  taylud2 years ago
Although it will work if you put it in a 2GB USB, you will have no OS Storage space as all space will be occupied by the OS, so unless you want to install apps or create files on it every time you boot your PC, I do not recommend it. Also, i did not get what you are saying in the second part of the question. Do you want to have apps within the OS, or have them on your USB in the first place, with the OS installed over them. Anyways, the first option will be quite impossible, unless you want Ubuntu Lite, and the second option I do not recommend because you might loose them, either when installing the OS, or uninstalling it.
Oh, and by the way, thank you for asking, and be free to ask whenever you want.
Cool.
ajulik1997 (author)  Computothought2 years ago
Did you even install it?
I try to support people who promote linux. Been using linux since the 1990's. We use pxe/gpxe/ipxe boot to install linux on systems. What you are doing is just fine.
ajulik1997 (author)  Computothought2 years ago
Right. I actually made this instructable after finding a suitable "remote OS" for use at home. I brought it to school one day and about 10 people gave me their USBs to give it to them as well. After a few of these days passed, I could take it no more, so I just made this and told everyone that if they want Ubuntu, they should go here. (2 days passed and I already have 137 views - this is a good way of advertising!)