Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 5th Apr 2007 19:19 UTC
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Mandriva today launches the 4GB version of Mandriva Flash, its live flash drive. Mandriva Flash 2GB, which was released in December 2006, has been a true success for Mandriva. It was sold out in less than two weeks! Mandriva has listen to user feedback and decided to develop a new version of its best seller flash drive.
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RE: I hope someday
by Laurence on Thu 5th Apr 2007 20:44 UTC in reply to "I hope someday"
Laurence
Member since:
2007-03-26

I haven't really seen much of a need for a bootable flash OS. To me, it always seems like a solution in search of a problem.


I can.
* It could be handy for if you need to type up a document on someone elses machine (who may have Windows installed) and want you're own interface.
* It's good for truely silent workstations (no HDDs wizzing away)
* It could be handy for data recovery. Say your HDD is failing and you need to rescue some data off of it - you could use this instead of a boot CD (as you could transfer the recovered files onto the flash media)
* You could use it to test out hardware where otherwise you'd have to install a whole OS just to check if a CPU is working at full capacity.

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RE[2]: I hope someday
by fretinator on Thu 5th Apr 2007 20:49 in reply to "RE: I hope someday"
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2005-07-06

All of those can be done by any of the many, many live CD's our there. The only one that might be better served by a USB drive is typing up something on someone elses computer and wanting to use your own OS. The flash drive would be easier to carry around. However, in that case I just use PortableApps that I carry around on my USB drive. I have Firefox, OOO, etc. Surprisingly, they even run well with Wine under Linux.

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RE[3]: I hope someday
by Doc Pain on Fri 6th Apr 2007 14:16 in reply to "RE[2]: I hope someday"
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

As it has been mentioned before, data recovery is one of the most important fields of usage for such a device. It can even serve similar purposes when CD or DVD drives will lead to problems:

"All of those can be done by any of the many, many live CD's our there."

Imagine you've got only one CD drive available and you need to dump data on a CD (because you cannot / may not open the computer to insert a backup / spare hard disk or the computer does not hava a network connection to access a NAS backup device). Here an USB drive solution is very useful: You boot from USB and still have a CD drive available. So, there are fields where a live CD cannot help.

If you wish, just s/CD/DVD/g. :-)

"The only one that might be better served by a USB drive is typing up something on someone elses computer and wanting to use your own OS."

This is in fact a great solution. It can be handy for demonstration purposes and testing hardware support as well. The USB drive even allows to install additional drivers (and keep them on the drive). Other useful intentions have been listed before (applications, data, look & feel, regards of OS etc.).

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RE[3]: I hope someday
by Jody on Fri 6th Apr 2007 19:43 in reply to "RE[2]: I hope someday"
Jody Member since:
2005-06-30

A USB drive is easier to carry than a LiveCD and with all the crap I have seen on most non-technical users PC's I am afraid to even check my email on anything that isn't mine.

People often carry around USB drives to store files on anyway, now that they are large enough to throw a full OS on them too it seems like a good idea.

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