Got to say first off, very impressed with porteus! I'm not much of a linux guy, but this I like. I can boot my Mac notebooks, older Lenovo notebooks and so far, every PC I've tried it on. Only problematic machine has been a 2009 iMac. The USB doesn't show up when I option boot. Not to worry - not a big deal. I've tried Tails and some other distros, but several of them couldn't start the wifi up on the Mac notebooks. Porteus has no problems there!
Now for my noob questions: I want to prevent the hard drives of the host machines being mounted. I don't want to see them at all in the gui File Manager. I've tried "nohd" and "noauto" in the porteus.cfg file but they didn't work. (noauto prevented my wifi from working !?!
Can you help me hide the host drives?
Second question: I'm running xfce which seems very snappy and quite reliable. Just wondering if any of the other desktop flavours, such as Mate are just as quick on older hardware (and reliable).