I was a searching for a Linux for installing into USB and also backing up files from windows. There is also several benefits of having a Linux USB.
- Backup your files from Windows and GNU/Linux Operating System. That includes saving files across many file systems like Fat32, Ext3 and Ext4. You could also sync it with cloud services like Google drive, Dropbox etc.
- Have your personalized Operating system load on any PC which could a public computer, friends’ laptop or a Browsing center (internet cafe).
- Test drive a new Linux OS without having to mess with your operating system on the Desktop
- Install Programming Language like Python and Ruby without the fear that you will mess with the system packages.
- Browse anonymously and securely in a public unsafe networked environment.
- Seamlessly encrypt and decrypt your data so that it does not get misused if lost or stolen.
- Boot very fast and quickly complete the task because you are always in a hurry when you are working outside your home and office.
- Able to boot from a dual partition pen drive (USB). This way if for some reason one is not able to boot from another PC, at least we should be able to use it as a windows recognizable drive.
Porteus surprised me by fulfilling many of expectations. I could install it within no time. the installation was radically different from many Ubuntu based distro and other modern GNU/Linux operating system. I could just mount the ISO file as a virtual CD and then copy the boot folder into the target thumb drive. Then its just a matter of running a bash script provided by Porteus.
If you have used Slitaz or Slax you would know the concept of package modules. Changes to the Operating System could be stored and thus you could persist your session. There are several ways to store data, customize and even magic folder which are always in sync with each other.
Prior to installation I have partitioned the USB drive into two files systems. A Fat32 in the beginning and Ext4 in the end.