Mintstick, a tool to carry your Gnu / Linux on a pendrive

Mintstick, a tool to carry your Gnu / Linux on a pendrive One of the great things that Gnu / Linux brought us a long time ago is the possibility of having a complete operating system on a pendrive, although this was possible, it was an arduous task until Ubuntu arrived. Ubuntu offered the possibility of carrying out this task but with a graphical tool.

This has been remarkably improved with Linux Mint, which was released a long time ago. Mintstick, a program that created the distributions that you want in the usb that we indicate. Thus, in a graphical way, the user can install several distributions on a single pendrive. MintStick is maintained by Lefevre himself, the head of distribution, so security and maintenance are ensured. Also, MintStick is on github so we can install the tool in any distribution based on Debian, not only in Linux Mint but in more distributions.

Mintstick will allow us to carry out distribution installations on equipment that does not have an optical unit

This tool is useful when recovering a system or carrying your own operating system on a pendrive to use on any computer with questionable security.

The little problem with MintStick is that unlike other tools, MintStick does not offer persistence, so we will not be able to save our data to the usb. The persistence means that all the free space of the pendrive can be used as a hard disk for the distribution inserted in the usb. So once we finish the session we can recover the saved data. But the fact that it does not offer persistence is not a problem for Mintstick users since we can use it as a tool to create installation discs on a pendrive and install any Gnu / Linux distribution on any computer that does not support discs or dvd's due to various problems. This feature on older computers still works very well.

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  1.   nisari said

    Hello, thank you very much for the article. Would you mind putting a tutorial on how to install from git in debian, ubuntu, etc. All the information I find on the net talks about installing git servers, not programs from it. Thank you very much again.

  2.   viddeveloper said

    Good post!.

    Although I usually use the Rufus application on Windows, and the DD or Unetbootin command on Linux. Let's try MintStick to see how it works.


  3.   Josele said

    I think a direct installation on a Microsd is more effective, I tell you how I have it, on a 64 Gb Micro SD, on an Ubuntu ISO disk, a normal installation is done, the SD is divided into several partitions,
    First: with 16 Gb partition in Fat32 to be able to use with other devices
    Second: with 50 mb in null, without files of any kind, this is done to be able to insert it in any android and do not reject it since in the following partitions it goes in EXT4.
    Third: 15 Gb partition in EXT4 for root, where the operating OS is installed.
    Fourth: 32 Gb for the home in EXT4, if you install it great encoded to store things.
    - Swap is not installed as it would not work well, SD cards are slower than hard drives, but it still works perfectly.
    - not with Linux Mint since it does not recognize the partition in Fat-32, I did it with Mate and in the end I uninstalled it.
    - I enter the computers of the whole world with my Ubuntu 14.04 no matter processor or graphics card.
    - Starts slowly but then goes great.
    -If you install Gnome flashback better, for less powerful computers.

  4.   Josele said

    I forgot, Ubuntu 32 bits and you will access 32 and 64 bits.
    - You can save all the files you want in home 32 Gb plus 16 Gb in Fat32.
    - you will not be able to directly install the OS. but you can take an ISO image with you.
    - I have not tested it on a pendrive, but it will be the same, if someone tries to report it.
    - I insert my MicroSD card into a double USB stick, normal and micro.