I have been working on this for a couple of weeks. Those who know me also know that my first go with Linux was with Zorin Linux, a distro that has the look of windoze, thus making the transition easier. Well then I said to myself…why can’t I install a copy of Linux on a 32gb USB drive so I can take my personal OS and Mail software all set up to my liking on the go. This would allow me to run it on any computer regardless of that computers OS.
So after some research I decided to use my Win 7 OS to create this USB setup.
- I downloaded a full copy of Linus Mint to a folder that is easy to find (I recommend making a new folder). That way I have all the tools, Office software by Libre Office (which allows all Win created files to be opened and saved in Win format, and is FREE.) I suggest that you go make a cup of tea, and chat with the wife while the software is being downloaded (could take a hour depending on your connection speed).
- You will need a small Win program to install a “Boot Menu” on the USB Drive. I used Netbootin for this, also downloaded to that special folder.
- Start Netbootin and select where you saved the .iso of Mint, then press Go!
- Go make a cup of tea, and chat with the wife while the software is being installed.
- Now reboot your computer and access the Bios. The switch for access when rebooting is sometimes the F2 key or the Del key, your computer’s instructions should have this info somewhere. My Dell is F2. Hold the key down and the Bios screen should appear. Scroll down with the arrow key till you get to “boot sequence”. Follow the on screen directions to change the boot sequence to put USB first, before Hard drive. If you don’t have a bootable USB plugged in it will just skip over it and boot normally. Save all your changes and then reboot the computer. Quickly stick the USB drive that you created into a slot. If all went well it should give you a boot menu. From there all choices are just common sense.
I am making this post from the USB drive with Mint right now using the pre-installed Firefox browser that comes with the Mint .iso. All your fav extensions are available for Firefox. It also comes with ThunderBird Mail client that will fetch your existing email accounts(POP/SMPT) and configure them without you having to do anything but providing your email and password.
Ill provide some screen shots and links to the How-To file if anyone requests them.