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  • Universal USB Installer is a Windows application that can solve the problem of setting a live linux distribution to run from an USB flash drive

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      Linux is becoming more popular everyday and there are many linux distributions to choose from. Most distributions release a new version at least once a year and now is very common to release every version as a live-cd, wich is great because that way you can try a lot of distributions without having to actually install them on your computer, but with so many different linux distributions to try it can be a big spending buying CDs. The CDs can be replaced by an

      USB flash drive and with that there’s no need to spend on that many CDs as the flash drive can be easily reused with another live distribution. The thing is that not all live distributions are easy to install into a flash drive and the process for the one that are sometimes can be real hard.

      Universal USB Installer is a Windows application that can solve the problem of setting a live linux distribution to run from an USB flash drive. Its current version (v1.7.3) weights less than 1 megabyte and is really easy to use. It has a simple interface with three steps, one to choose the linux distribution, the following to select the disk image of the distribution (the iso file) and the last to select the USB flash drive. On step one there’s even an option to download the ISO file so there’s no need for downloading anything before running Universal USB Installer. This installer also include some other features like the ability to format the ...

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      flash drive before using it and also the ability to enable persistency of your data (if it’s available on the chosen linux distribution).

      This tool really simplifies the process of putting a live distro on an USB flash drive but it is not perfect (wich is not a bad thing) because it isn’t as universal as it’s name say. That is because there’s only a reduced number of linux distributions that can be installed, including Debian, Knoppix, Ubuntu (and it’s many variants and derivates), Gentoo,

      Puppy, Lucid Puppy and some other, but only specific versions of those are supported, take Debian as an example, you can but the gnome version of Debian Live 5.0.5 on a flash drive but not the lxde version, and also there is one very popular distro missing on the supported list wich is Fedora.

      Even with the fact that Universal USB Installer isn’t quite universal is a great tool and I’m sure I’ll continue using it every time I need to try a new live linux distribution.

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