This is my first time trying Porteus.
What I was looking for is a very fast portable OS for standard USB flash, I wish to use it for demo purpose to would be windows OS converts as well as just for fun on learning Linux.
Here is just a short story on my adventure.
Downloaded porteus 1.2 xfce iso, formatted a 4G USB flash with fat32, used unetbootin to write iso to USB flash, upon rebooting and selecting boot from USB,
It works out of the box, boot time is short
After playing for a while, I can say it is very fast
As those people around me using windows are using various browsers, firefox, chrome, opera and safari, so I just want to install all of them for demonstration to them.
There is a long download for opera module and many dependencies, anyway this is my first time navigating porteus so I am not familiar with it, I have not yet spent enough time learning thru FAQ etc. So please excuse me and don't drive me away.
Finally opera works!!
The only issue is, when I shutdown and reboot, opera icon 'disappeared' but when I click on my desktop with opera's xzm file, the icon becomes alive and it works
Next is to install chrome, and it is easy from the package manager..
however, when I select to run chrome, the browser window flashes for one second and disappear
So I tried a few more times, looking for other version from Slackware repos..
The same thing happened, installation was successful , but browser window opened for a brief second and disappeared.
Then I tried another browser, Seamonkey, no issue to install, no issue to run.
Well, one pleasant surprise after this Seamonkey installation: now google chrome works!!
Why? I do not know, anyone cares to explain?
Next, I tried this USB flash on three other computers
1. a Dell Laptop
2. a NEC laptop
Both of them boot OK, however, it does not allow me to run with the persistent.
and it switch to running the original xfce.
I wonder why, perhaps it is due to fat32 running in Live mode?
3. a samsung laptop
this one cannot boot from USB flash, eventhough the USB boot was selected as first boot device,
may be something to do with UEFI? but I check bios and saw its default to disable UEFI..
can someone help so I can test USB boots from this samsung laptop?
I do not know if fat32 is a right choice, I do not know also if running Live is the right choice.
All I hope is to have a very fast portable OS with persistent ( live or installed) and I would use it for demo to others on their computers
Some other informations:
When i check with gparted, I see the USB flash has about 770MB used.
I also capture lspci to show the computer hardware
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guest@porteus:~$ su Password: root@porteus:~# lspci 00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor DRAM Controller (rev 12) 00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor PCI Express x16 Root Port (rev 12) 00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset HECI Controller (rev 06) 00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 06) 00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio (rev 06) 00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 06) 00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 6 (rev 06) 00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 06) 00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev a6) 00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series Chipset LPC Interface Controller (rev 06) 00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset 4 port SATA IDE Controller (rev 06) 00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset SMBus Controller (rev 06) 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI Cedar PRO [Radeon HD 5450] 01:00.1 Audio device: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI Manhattan HDMI Audio [Mobility Radeon HD 5000 Series] 03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM57788 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe (rev 01) root@porteus:~#
Here is just a screen captured , running on USB flash
Appreciate any help.