Can anyone recommend a live cd/usb linux distro that supports persistent storage and isn't ubuntu-based?

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@RussSharek Since you said non Ubuntu I'm not sure if you're ok with Debian based. But slax should meet all your requirements.
slax.org/customize.php

· · brutaldon · 3 · 0 · 3

@kelbot @RussSharek Debian-Live works quite well too.

the whole Debian-Live part is semi optional at that. i untar an image onto a usb stick, chroot in, run `bootctl install` to install systemd-boot, and it's pretty much good to go, uses the stick in read/write mode.

i've run my main desktop this way for almost 2 years before i finally got around to copying it onto the hard drive! i just rsync'ed that same OS onto a new partition on the ssd, chrooted in, and ran bootctl install again! system cloned! there's not really any need for installers in Debian. debootstrap already has a pretty ready to go image! :)

@jauntywunderkind420 @kelbot

I didn't know about the debootstrap method either, neat.

@avalon solved her immediate problem with a debian live usb, though I suspect we may explore a few other options.

@kelbot @RussSharek I use Slax a lot, I really like that the installation is as easy as putting a folder on a drive and running a script.

I've customized some Slax liveUSBs to autorun simple tasks and then made copies of the USB drives with the eventual goal of having a small army of HDDless minimum-spec PCs do my bidding (or at least automatically start VLC in fullscreen and loop through videos in a folder).

@kelbot

The need, and its restrictions, were for @avalon

That said I might give slax a look too.

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