Fedora Linux Support Community & Resources Center
  #1  
Old 13th May 2009, 04:29 PM
zackf Offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 798
Advantages/Disadvantages LiveUSB vs. Full Install on Flash Drive

I have an 8 Gig flash drive and I want to have Fedora on it, I think I have enough room to go full install, but I like the portability of the Live system (w/ persistence for some files). I want to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each one, here are a couple I have, but what are everyone else's?

Full Install: Fully updateable (thus more secure)

Live: Easier to share files between other Machines/Windows

Live: Fewer Hardware requirements (Please correct if wrong)
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 13th May 2009, 05:15 PM
sideways Offline
Retired User
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: London, UK
Posts: 4,999
The persistent overlay mechanism is far too prone to failure, especially if you install a large number of updates. For a livecd on usb I would just enable a persistent home, that'll keep your desktop settings the way you want, and for any often used apps use 'yumdownloader --resolve' to store the required rpms on the disk and then install after each boot (with a script in home for speed, only takes a minute).

A full install is better if you want an updated system, most hardware hotplugs using hal now so you shouldn't have any issues, just don't hardcode the network interface mac in any config file, and use NetworkManager to facilitate roaming.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 13th May 2009, 07:01 PM
zackf Offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 798
That's what I do currently with the /home and persistence (although I like the yum trick, I have not used that).

Do you find that drives and partitions still mount ok with a full install?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 13th May 2009, 09:40 PM
sideways Offline
Retired User
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: London, UK
Posts: 4,999
Quote:
Originally Posted by zackf View Post
That's what I do currently with the /home and persistence (although I like the yum trick, I have not used that).

Do you find that drives and partitions still mount ok with a full install?
Yes, fine. But I have Polkit authorisation for automounting fixed drives turned off, so I mount manually when required.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 14th May 2009, 02:07 PM
zackf Offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 798
So maybe a full install on 7 GB of the 8 GB stick and using the remainder as a FAT32 partition to throw files on from Winders is the better way to go, is that how you would see it?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 14th May 2009, 02:15 PM
sideways Offline
Retired User
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: London, UK
Posts: 4,999
Quote:
Originally Posted by zackf View Post
So maybe a full install on 7 GB of the 8 GB stick and using the remainder as a FAT32 partition to throw files on from Winders is the better way to go, is that how you would see it?
Yes, that would be a good idea if you want to copy files from windows to the stick, although I didn't think of it a the time so I just have a full 8Gb partition .

Also, I wouldn't bother with a swap file in the 7GB partition, and I would run 'tune2fs -m1' (after first boot) to reduce the 5% reserved blocks to 1%.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 15th May 2009, 04:07 PM
zackf Offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 798
I think I'm going to agree with you about the swap, I wouldn't think I'll be doing any hibernating or pushing the little guy hard enough for it to be an issue, although it might be an interesting experiment to see what it can handle ;-)
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 1st February 2010, 05:53 AM
apirdy Offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 8
windows_xp_2003firefox
Something that I have been considering doing with this is a full install but on a fat32 partition, and using isolinux as the boot loader instead of grub, that way you can maintain full compatibility with windows, and keep the full install. Does anyone know of a reason that this might not work?
Thanks,
-Xander
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 2nd February 2010, 01:37 AM
DZ* Offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 67
linuxsafari
Quote:
Originally Posted by apirdy View Post
Something that I have been considering doing with this is a full install but on a fat32 partition, and using isolinux as the boot loader instead of grub, that way you can maintain full compatibility with windows, and keep the full install. Does anyone know of a reason that this might not work?
Can't you go the other way around and access linux partitions from Windows? I don't know how good this is, but -- http://www.fs-driver.org/
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
drive, flash, install, liveusb

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Full Install to USB Flash Drive DasGoat Fedora Focus 6 5th January 2010 01:36 PM
Install via flash drive NOT cd xlancealotx Installation, Upgrades and Live Media 4 7th January 2008 10:17 PM
other firewall options, advantages disadvantages? Wiles Security and Privacy 2 18th November 2007 03:30 AM
Please tell me the advantages and disadvantages of blocking someones ip address? adrian29uk Using Fedora 1 3rd October 2006 07:18 PM
Use of Flash Drive in FC4 install aimzzz EOL (End Of Life) Versions 2 18th August 2005 12:44 PM


Current GMT-time: 07:35 (Monday, 01-09-2014)

TopSubscribe to XML RSS for all Threads in all ForumsFedoraForumDotOrg Archive
logo

All trademarks, and forum posts in this site are property of their respective owner(s).
FedoraForum.org is privately owned and is not directly sponsored by the Fedora Project or Red Hat, Inc.

Privacy Policy | Term of Use | Posting Guidelines | Archive | Contact Us | Founding Members

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2012, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

FedoraForum is Powered by RedHat