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Do you know a procedure to create a Linux bootable USB?

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My customer has a very lightweight PC that boots up and launches Google Chrome for the purpose of displaying a website on a screen in the lobby of his hotel.  Similar screens are in each elevator.  Each screen has its own PC, and that's all that the machine ever does.

They need it to just boot up and go to the website, without any user interaction (ever).  I can administer it remotely if need be using Logmein Rescue, which I also use for my other customers.

Windows 8 is proving problematic.  It boots very slowly, for one thing.  I understand why - the machine only has 2 GB of RAM and a 1 GHz processor.

Can you please recommend a version of Linux to use, and hopefully a procedure to download and install it on a USB drive?

Thanks
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Question by:Dwight Baer
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by:Sandy
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you can use puppylinux or install Android.

TY/SA
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by:Dwight Baer
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Thank you.

Any chance you could please point me to a procedure that does exactly what I need - boots and goes immediately to a website?  Sorry, my Linux skills are old.
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Never mind :)

To install puppy linux you can refer http://www.puppylinux.com/flash-puppy.htm link.  or you can also try http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUaLHvgIlHE to run android from USB.

TY/SA
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by:TobiasHolm
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Hi!

Try DSL (Damn Small Linux). Boots very fast into a web browser (Firefox).

http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/about_damn_small_linux.html

Instructions how to create a bootable USB with DSL:
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/installing_to_a_usb_flash_drive.html

Regards, Tobias
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by:Dwight Baer
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Thanks, Tobias.

I downloaded "current.iso" from http://distro.ibiblio.org/damnsmall/current/

But Imgburn isn't willing to copy that iso to the USB drive.  It insists on writing to the CD/DVD drive.

What am I missing?

Dwight
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by:Gerwin Jansen
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You use a universal USB installer to write your image to USB - like this one:

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/

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or unetbootin:

http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
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by:TobiasHolm
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Did you follow the instructions on the page I linked to? It contained the following sections:

- Install to USB From within DSL
- Install to USB From within Linux (any distribution but DSL)
- Install to USB From within Windows
- Install to USB From within Mac OS
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Or use http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ as in Gerwins link above. It has an option to download DSL directly from within unetbootin or you could use your downloaded ISO.
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These guys are discussing how to install Ubuntu on a USB drive here.
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by:Dwight Baer
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Thanks TobiasHolm, Sikhumbuzo Ntsada and Gerwin Janzen.

Sorry for the delay ... yesterday was a holiday in our country (Canada).

To be clear, I did follow the instructions at "Install to USB From within Windows"
... which led me to Damn Small Linux (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/download.html)
... which led me to Index of /damnsmall/  (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/download.html)
... where I found current.iso as one of about 20 possible files to download.

Hoping that the further instructions that I find today will be a bit more "click on this link and it will work" -ish.  :)  No offence, TobiasHolm.  

I will spend more time at this today.  Thanks again!
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Hehe, well, look at this 31 seconds clip. Can't be easier...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kWXj7jLpkY

Step by step how to make a bootable DSL with unetbootin.

/Tobias
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by:Dwight Baer
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Wonderful, wonderful.  I'll do it later today.
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by:Dwight Baer
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Oooops ... this fell through the cracks.

And the customer decided to try an Android solution.

But the suggestions were great, I will try it sometime.

Thanks
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by:Dwight Baer
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Thanks!

Unfortunately the customer chose an Android solution from my competitor.
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