Can anyone recommend a live cd/usb linux distro that supports persistent storage and isn't ubuntu-based?

@RussSharek you could pacstrap Arch on a blank ext4 USB drive

@RussSharek and you don't need to be on Arch to do that (though I'm not sure it would work on a BSD)

@RussSharek Since you said non Ubuntu I'm not sure if you're ok with Debian based. But slax should meet all your requirements.

@kelbot @RussSharek Debian-Live works quite well too.

the whole Debian-Live part is semi optional at that. i untar an image onto a usb stick, chroot in, run `bootctl install` to install systemd-boot, and it's pretty much good to go, uses the stick in read/write mode.

i've run my main desktop this way for almost 2 years before i finally got around to copying it onto the hard drive! i just rsync'ed that same OS onto a new partition on the ssd, chrooted in, and ran bootctl install again! system cloned! there's not really any need for installers in Debian. debootstrap already has a pretty ready to go image! :)

@jauntywunderkind420 @kelbot

I didn't know about the debootstrap method either, neat.

@avalon solved her immediate problem with a debian live usb, though I suspect we may explore a few other options.

@kelbot @RussSharek I use Slax a lot, I really like that the installation is as easy as putting a folder on a drive and running a script.

I've customized some Slax liveUSBs to autorun simple tasks and then made copies of the USB drives with the eventual goal of having a small army of HDDless minimum-spec PCs do my bidding (or at least automatically start VLC in fullscreen and loop through videos in a folder).


The need, and its restrictions, were for @avalon

That said I might give slax a look too.


Wow, more nostalgia!

I ran damnsmalllinux, tiny core's ancestor, way back when.

@RussSharek pretty sure debian can write to anything as long as you mount it each time, what do you mean by persistent?


The ability to save data/configs between reboots.

@RussSharek oh! yeah you can do that. its been 4 years since i had a need to and am blanking on what i used but am pretty sure it was deb. :) it may have been mint.

@RussSharek Manjaro (Arch based) supports USB boot with an option to install later. I use it sometimes to fix startup problems

@RussSharek There's the old classic, Knoppix.

Any Linux can mount and write to local or removable storage.

What is your goal?

Why not Ubuntu?

Is Deban / apt-based acceptable?


Damn, knoppix is still around? That was one o! my first linux experiences.

The need was to solve a problem for @avalon , and the specifics were hers.

@RussSharek is a fascinating and different way of doing a live distro, including how to do persistence.
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