Install Fedora/Ubuntu or any GNU/Linux from a USB stick

Notebooks run great by Fedora or any Gnu/Linux  .But some of them come without an optical drive of any kind which can make it a challenge to install an operating system on them. Unless you have an external DVD-ROM or CD-ROM drive to connect to them or they work properly , the ideal solution would be to boot from a USB stick.

Since most modern computers, if not all of them, permit booting from a USB device, this makes for a simple solution. Not only that, USB devices can be used multiple times, unlike the DVD you burn an ISO to and use a handful of times.

Fedora makes it very easy to create a bootable USB stick with the Live USB Creator tool. You can use an existing Fedora installation, and probably any other Linux distribution, to run the tool. There is even a Windows application to allow for creating a Fedora-based bootable USB stick as well.

To begin, we must have installed the liveusb-creator package on Fedora or any :

  # yum install liveusb-creator

or download the Windows installer from here .

When  it is installed, execute the liveusb-creator tool

# liveusb-creator    (start in root mode)

We can use an existing downloaded LiveCD, or the tool can download a Fedora image for you to burn. You can choose which version of Fedora to install (10, 11, or 12) and also for which desktop: KDE or GNOME. You can also download the Sugar on a Stick operating system, which is an educational Sugar environment meant for children to be able to boot any computer into their own personalized Sugar environment.

We can also tell the tool how much persistent storage to reserve on the USB stick. This space can be used to save files and make modifications to the LiveCD image, allowing you to boot and run Fedora with any changes you make.

Now insert the USB stick to use and when you have chosen which version of Fedora or Sugar on a Stick to install, or use the  LiveCD image we have.

Now click the Create Live USB button. Make sure that the target device shows up properly; if it isn’t already selected, make sure you select the correct device (i.e., /dev/sdg1 on Linux or ‘E:’ in Windows).

Depending on what you have chosen to do, the installation can take some time, especially if you need to download the LiveCD image first. A progress bar on the screen will indicate how far along it is, and the text pane indicates exactly what it is doing at any given point in time.

When the  Live USB Creator is completed,  eject the USB stick, insert it into your other computer (or reboot the existing computer) and indicate in the BIOS or via boot selection at startup which device to boot from. Select the USB stick and watch Fedora boot, at which point you can either select to use Fedora as installed on the USB stick, or use it to install Fedora onto the computer.

It will better to use a much capacity USB DISK(4 GB) .

Like this many other OS can be installed from USB STCK .My friend’s lappy was an older one and it’s optical drive is not working .I used same method to dual boot windows as well as Fedora .

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About Divyashree - The GNULINUX Guy

I am a Linux and Opensource enthusiast. I started working on Linux early in 2007 while I was doing my Masters in Computer Science and passed out in 2010. Currently working as a DevOps in in Public/Private cloud domain. my @github : https://github.com/kumarprd my @nagiosexchange : https://exchange.nagios.org/directory/Owner/divyaimca/1 my @linkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/in/priyadarshee-kumar-☁-a9415615
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