dimanche 20 novembre 2016

Bootable flash drive for both Linux and Windows: live Linux

Three years ago, I wrote a small series about having all my favourite tools on a USB flash drive when I am on the go. Some things have changed in these years, so the time has come to write fresh blog posts on the subject. My main aim is a full portable Linux OS, and this third part is about just that!

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Bootable flash drive for both Linux and Windows: boot loader

The following text is the second part of a reboot —as they say for films, now— of my 3-year-old series about having a universal Linux and Windows toolbox on a bootable USB flash drive. The main target is a full portable Linux OS, but I will also address the Windows OS, for those times when you have no choice ;-)

This part is about the boot loader and miscellaneous tools accessible from there.

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vendredi 18 novembre 2016

Bootable flash drive for both Linux and Windows: BIOS and EFI

This is a new take on my 3-year-old series on the same subject, with the aim of having a portable toolbox for anything PC, from booting Linux, to having my favourite productivity tools at all time, to being able to rescue a broken disk or OS, and so on. This toolbox takes the form of a standard USB flash drive, made bootable and filled with all that I need, yet still uncluttered, and usable as any USB flash drive for transferring data.

This first article is about the “bootable” part.

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vendredi 21 juin 2013

UTF-8 everywhere in TinyCore Linux

TinyCore being Linux at the core, it does handle UTF-8. This encoding has been the default in most Linux distributions for years; not so for TinyCore. That’s because this distribution strives to be tiny and UTF-8 support does make the overall size grow a bit.

In my case, with a whole 16GB (woot!) flash drive, I can easily afford the comfort brought by UTF-8. Here we go…

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jeudi 20 juin 2013

Time zone in TinyCore Linux

I want to use the French time zone on any computer I log onto using TinyCore Linux. Of course, this is not set up by default. The information is sparse and sometimes contradicting on this topic, but I seem to have achieved a working configuration. Here it is.

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dimanche 12 mai 2013

NTFS and modular boot for TinyCore Linux

TinyCore Linux is an awesome tiny Linux distribution. Better yet, TinyCore is made to be built on, and that’s just what I decided to do, build on it in order to match my exact needs:

  • I want to be able to install TinyCore Linux on an NTFS partition, and all NTFS partition should open with NTFS-3G by default.
  • I want a more modular startup, with a list of packages to load for firmware, another list for filesystems support, yet another for desktop applications, and so on.

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samedi 11 mai 2013

Bootable flash drive for both Linux and Windows: part 5

This blog post is part of a small series, with the aim of configuring a bootable USB flash drive for portable use on any PC. The main target is a full portable Linux OS, but I also addressed the Windows OS, for those times when you have no choice ;-)

This last part suggests a better Grub2 menu allowing you to boot according to the present need, and a useful tip…

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vendredi 10 mai 2013

Bootable flash drive for both Linux and Windows: part 3

This blog post is part of a small series, with the aim of configuring a bootable USB flash drive for portable use on any PC. The main target is a full portable Linux OS, but I will also address the Windows OS, for those times when you have no choice ;-)

This third part is about the portable Linux operating system.

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jeudi 9 mai 2013

Bootable flash drive for both Linux and Windows: part 2

This blog post is part of a small series, with the aim of configuring a bootable USB flash drive for portable use on any PC. The main target is a full portable Linux OS, but I will also address the Windows OS, for those times when you have no choice ;-)

This second part is about the boot-loader and miscellaneous tools accessible from there.

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mercredi 8 mai 2013

Bootable flash drive for both Linux and Windows: part 1

This blog post starts a small series, with the aim of configuring a bootable USB flash drive for portable use on any PC. The main target is a full portable Linux OS, but I will also address the Windows OS, for those times when you have no choice ;-)

This first part is about the flash drive itself.

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