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SparkyLinux – full USB stick installation

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SparkyLinux has gotten a new functionality – full installation on USB stick.
It means that you can do “normal” system installation, similar to the hard drive installation.
Key features:
- don’t need to cut your hard drive any more
- it’s possible to save your personal files, perform system upgrades, install new apps – everything on USB stick
- the USB system (for me) is still fast and light

The feature is available at cominig SparkyLinux 2.1 rc “Eris” LXDE/e17 and any next one.

How to install SparkyLinux on Pen/Flash Drive?
1. You need 8GB USB stick (minimum) for “Eris” edition.
2. Read SparkyLinux 2.x hard drive installation guide.
The USB installation is in 90 % exactly the same as hard drive installation.
3. Put your attention on a few points of installation proces:

§ 10. Choose USB disk (for examle: /dev/sdb) instead of hard drive disk (/dev/sda).

SparkyLinux instalacja na USB

§ 11. Preper minimum two partitions on USB drive for:
- / – root dir
- swap partiton
You can make one more partition for”/home” folder.

SparkyLinux instalacja na USB

§ 12. Choose partition for SWAP on USB drive (sdb2).

SparkyLinux instalacja na USB

§ 13. Choose root partition on USB drive too (sdb1).

SparkyLinux instalacja na USB

§ 18. The most important – GRUB bootloader destination – “rootmbr”.

SparkyLinux instalacja na USB

§ 20. Check all settings for new installation:
- partition “sdb1″ (!) will be formatted for root file system
- GRUB will be installed to the mbr of root partition of “sdb1″ (!)

After installation finished reboot your machine and start it from USB drive.

 
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