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Re: [trinity-users] live flashdrive with exegnu (or something)

From: David Hare <davidahare@...>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:14:48 +0100
On 30/06/15 06:55, Felmon Davis wrote:
> On Mon, 29 Jun 2015, Robert Peters wrote:
>> On 29 June 2015 at 22:50, Felmon Davis <davisf@...> wrote:
>> <snip>
>>> ok, I may settle for PCL but my preference would be to know how to
>>> integrate
>>> the firmware into the livecd and use exegnu. I'll avoid Ubuntu in any
>>> case.
>> <snip>
>> Check my latest post under "New amd64 exegnulinux devuan-based iso
>> with TDE".  If you have access to a distro with the non-free files,
>> maybe you can copy them to the live flashdrive.  Or copy them over
>> after installation.
>> R.
> I saw your post and congratulations for solving your problem.
> in my case:
> a) I don't think one can just copy stuff over to a livecd and have it
> work. one has to deal with the special filesystem on a livecd; and
> b) I don't want to install the system, I want to boot it, for instance
> on a friend's Windows machine without disturbing their setup.
> f.

Just copy the debs to your usb stick and install with dpkg -i .. you can 
install what you want in a live session. The aufs filesystem holds 
changes in ram until poweroff/reboot. However you can use "persistence" 
(see live-boot man page) which will write changes to a file or partition 
and reload them next boot.

There is on my live-image a utility "exegnu2usb" It is a normal bash 
script rather than binary blob. I haven't tested it lately on Jessie 
though. Unetbootin does nothing that can't be done from standard cli tools.

Here I use a 64gb usb with multiple live systems, some with persistence, 
selectable at boot from menu. All on a single partition. You can't do 
that with unetbootin nor dd.

There is also a remaster utility "refracta-snapshot" with which you may 
build a new ISO from the running live session, with whatever you want 
preinstalled (you need a mounted ext* partition for the "work" area). 
This is quite well tested and works very well for a "personal", portable 

I don't know much about PCLOS or if such utilities are available. The 
exegnu images are deliberately designed to be "lightweight" and cd-size 
compared to Alexandre's images. Whatever your needs, choice is good.

> And exegnu is now too purist for this purpose.

Sorry Lisi.. I don't mean to be idealogically "purist". Till recently 
exegnu was for current mainstream Debian Stable but since Jessie I just 
don't want to work with systemd and have opted to support Devuan.

Unless you mean not including nonfree (which I never did anyway). Exegnu 
is a non-profit project which supports GPL and has no lawyers on the