In this era when portability of computing devices has become a prime concern, Linux has enabled you to carry even your operating system on USB Flash drives. There are various advantages of using these low-cost flash drives to carry your Linux operating system installed. It allows you to use any computer with the same working environment just when you plug your Linux installed USB drive into it. You don’t even need to carry your laptop, or pocket PC to be able to use your own personal computing environment on any computer.
You can install Linux on your USB flash drive in a number of ways. The most common but longest way is to burn an ISO image of installation into a CD/DVD and then, to install it to the flash drive after booting your machine with the CD/DVD. You can also choose to use Linux Live USB Creator in order to easily install Linux into your USB drive. You can also use another application such as unetbootin that may offer you the choice of some Linux distributions that are not available with Linux Live USB Creator.
After you know the advantages of installing Linux on a USB flash drive and various ways of installing Linux on a USB drive, you should also be aware of what choices of Linux distributions you have. The reason why you should know about the suitable Linux distributions is that various Linux distributions are different in terms of their portability, sizes, speed of running if ran from a USB flash drive. Following are few Linux distributions that are being used widely in their USB installed forms:
• Puppy Linux
• Damn Small Linux
• Moo Linux
There are several more Linux distributions that can run from the USB flash drives. However, if you want to install Linux on flash drive just as a replacement of your desktop based Linux, you should choose a distribution that closely matches the features of your desktop based version of Linux.