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Unetbootin – Run Linux from a USB thumb-drive

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Many of you will be familiar of the concept of Linux Live CDs. For those of you who are not, I’ll say this: Most Linux distros are these days installed using a Live CD. You enter the CD into the CD-ROM drive, start the computer, and there you go. Your computer boots from the CD, and your are, effectively running Linux. From there, you can try out the distro, and install it if you want to.
 
Unetbootin is a program that lets you do the same, only with a USB thumb-drive. The point is that not all computers have a CD-ROM-drive, but most have a USB-port. You simply plug in the thumb-drive, and there you go,
 
Unetbootin supports the following distributions of Linux and BSD:
 

  • Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu
  • Debian
  • Linux Mint
  • opensuse
  • Arch Linux
  • Damn Small Linux
  • Slitaz
  • Puppy Linux
  • FreeBSD
  • NetBSD
  • Fedora
  • PCLinuxOS
  • Gentoo
  • Zenwalk
  • Slax
  • Dreamlinux
  • Elive
  • CentOS
  • Mandriva
  • FaunOS
  • Frugalware Linux

 
Find Unetbootin for Windows and Linux here.

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