Linux on USB

I got a little bored yesterday and stumbled upon USB installations of Linux while browsing. I decided to give it a try and went down to Fry’s to pickup a fresh USB stick. I installed the Slax version of Linux because it seemed the quickest and easiest and I just wanted to see if it worked. The installation was as simple as they explained and after restarting my PC and modifying the BIOS to boot from the USB drive I watched as my laptop booted up with Linux. Pretty cool! It didn’t do too much, I wasn’t able to connect to my wireless network here at home so I could use the browser or anything but that needs a bit more configuration that I didn’t feel like putting into this first test. Now I will go back and try installing KUbuntu on USB and see how that goes. Not sure what I’ll end up doing with this but I find it pretty interesting being able to have a bootable OS on a flash drive. You can find various Linux distros and installation instructions at