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This is portable Linux distribution that boots from a USB stick, that has wireless support, and is battery powered. The ultimate in portable Linux.
 
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Step 1: WHY AND WHAT YOU NEED

The goal of this project was to run linux and wireless support for linux from one common compact device. I ride my bike to the library regularly to use their wireless connection. My initial thought was to carry my laptop there in a back pack. By the time I loaded it up it was way too heavy for a long ride. I also got tired of lugging it back and forth to the office. The solution was discovering linux on a usb stick. There some advantages to this system.
-You only need one USB port to run it (great for older laptops)
-It leaves no trace on the computer when you are done (the whole file system is built in RAM)
-You have all of your applications, desktop, and data no matter where you go.
-Will read NTFS file system but, will not write making it safe to use on any machine (you can make it write NTFS with some additional software).
-Easy to update software.
-Ability to boot USB stick with a motherboard that doesn’t support that. Cool.

What you’ll need:

1 USB hub with external power supply (think old and cheap, better chance it will work with linux)
1 thumb drive (at least 512 mb I would suggest a gig)
1 USB wifi adaptor ( linux compatible check the forums here http://www.slax.org/forum/
)
1 4 AA battery pack with on off switch (Radio Shack)
1 ISO of Slax linux http://www.slax.org/download.php (I prefer the Kill Bill version)
1 copy of Myslax creator http://myslax.bonsonno.org/download.php
Case parts I used two pieces of plexiglass with standoffs from home depot
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nerd74735 months ago

Where is your monitor?

Dearden8052 years ago
I don't get it what is the purpose of this project? Is it a small computer? I mean what's a linux distribution?
A Linux Dirstribution is a version of Linux. Sort of like how Microsoft developed different versions of Windows or Mac with OSX. However, most Linux distributions are independent of each other, and you choose whichever one suits your needs the best.
What this project does is not only allow you to boot up a Linux Distribution on any computer you want, but it includes a WiFi adapter so that you can get wireless support if the computer that you are on has hardware that your Linux distro doesn't have the drivers to support.

***By the way, I am still new to Linux. Anybody please feel free to correct me if I am wrong***
I still don't get what is these all devices for? It makes no sense, You still need a computer to run the linux in your USB stick, so why not have it installed already in your computer, if you like windows then make a dual boot option.
this allows you to take you personalized OS and files with you anywhere. It is like carrying a computer without the weight
Because what he wants to do here is be able to boot from a computer at his local library, which probably already has windows on it and he wants to be able to use something with his own settings and software without having to take his laptop.
m3harri dagob1 year ago
You could use something like this to diagnose and repair infected or corrupted PCs or to just be able to have YOUR system where ever you are.
A Linux Distribution is a Linux Operating System. Ubuntu, MoonOS, Chromium OS, SUSE, Debian, Puppy Linux, Damn Small Linux, even Android are a few examples.
This is now moot. Get a Raspberry Pi for 35, and cut out most of the steps. All it needs is a tiny screen, a keyboard, mouse combo, battery adapter, and a wifi card.
What is this supposed to do???
when Plugged into a computer, it will boot up in linux, not Windows/Mac. The Wifi is so that it has built in wifi so it can connect to the internet. The power supply is to run the Wifi and the USB, but this Whole project will only work if the computer is capable of booting through USB, if not use PLoP, or something other. (I heard GRUB works well)
so wouldn't it be easier to make the bootable USB and plug it straight into the computer?
It connects via USB... which is connected to the motherboard. lol
Arbitror5 years ago
Is it possible to use Ubuntu? Or openSUSE? Is there a USB version out there?
 Yes and it is awesome. I am born again linux  
stone3408 (author)  m3harri4 years ago
 You can use any linux distro.  Personally I like to use Slax or Puppy due to the fact that you can copy the entire OS into the RAM and it will run very, very fast.
MC42 stone34081 year ago
Plus memory stays persistently in between reboots(It has for me)
fwjs28 Arbitror5 years ago
yes, ubuntu is easy to put on a stick....Suse is abit harder tho it nots that bad....
arduinoe fwjs285 years ago
unetbootin makes it really east to boot any distribuion of usb :) you can even do it with windows
I'll check that out, but I just discovered pendrivelinux.com
fwjs28 Arbitror5 years ago
truthfully i think slax is rather well suited for this...small install too..
arduinoe fwjs284 years ago
even DSL linux ?
Damn Small Linux Linux?
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