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Re: Question propmted by response to [Re: More USB install-images please!]

On Mon, 26 Sep 2011 12:33:29 -0500, Richard Owlett wrote:

> Camaleón wrote:
>> On Mon, 26 Sep 2011 15:08:58 +0200, Jan Olav Agle wrote:
>>> I sometimes install Debian on machines belonging to family and
>>> friends. On my latest install I tried the boot.img.gz on an USB-stick.
>>> It failed halfway trough, complaining about a missing suitable
>>> ISO-image. Not wasting time, I dd'ed the netinstall iso onto the stick
>>> and installed.
>> (...)
>> Are you aware of this?
>> 4.3.1. Preparing a USB stick using a hybrid CD or DVD image
>> http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/ch04s03.html.en#usb-copy-
> I realize that page is explicitly referring to "Debian GNU/Linux 6.0
> system (codename “squeeze”)".

Yes, and I hope also for onwards versions (>6.0)

> I'm considering moving from Windows to Linux. I've downloaded the iso's
> of about a dozen distro's chosen on disparate desires. Most, but not
> all, are Debian based/inspired/...
> I have fully equipped desktop machine and a laptop w/o a functioning CD
> drive.
> I wish to determine for each distro:
>    1. will it run from a USB stick on both machines? how well? 
>    2. how well do I like the result?

You meant...?

a) "Run" (like a LiveUSB)
b) "Install from USB flash"
c) "Install into USB flash"

This needs to be expanded a bit :-)

Just to clarify. The above Debian ISO images (CD/DVD/MiniISO hybrid) are 
aimed to be "installation sources" for the target system. And every 
distribution provides different sets of installation media, LiveCD 
images, LiveUSB...

> Questions:
>    1. how compatible is it with Debian based distro's? 
>    2. how compatible with non-Debian distro's?

Hum... how compatible is "what" and "against what" are we comparing, 

> One of my goals is to keep as much as possible the same between
> distro's. Given that goal, is there another method to set up my
> comparison?

You should first clarify what's what you have in mind, I'm not seeing 
your goal.



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