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Re: Making a localized, educational live-usb version of Netbsd? Possible, and is worth it?

Ottavio Caruso <> writes:

> On 6 April 2014 17:14, Aleksej Saushev <> wrote:
>> What is the reason then?
>> Booting a system installed on SD card does not imply replacing the one
>> installed on your hard drive (as implied by your "proper installation").
>> Applied to your project, is it a requirement or of any necessity?
> I'm no longer actively working at this project (they have decided to
> go for Edubuntu) but, yes, in my case the usb pendrive should have
> been given to young students, and in this case it's paramount that
> they don't mess up with the installation.

This doesn't answer the question.

"Don't mess up with the installation" is one thing,
"read-only file system" (like on live CD) is completely different one.
It looks like you don't see this very important difference.

>>> What about
>>> the countless Linux live-usb distributions around? Are they all going
>>> in the wrong directions? And all the millions of downloads?
>> Do they all use read-only file systems?
> I'm surprised that you ask this question at all.
> Quote:
> ======
> Live USBs are closely related to live CDs, but sometimes have the
> ability to persistently save settings and permanently install software
> packages back onto the USB device. Like live CDs, live USBs can be
> used in embedded systems for system administration, data recovery, or
> the testing of operating system distributions without committing to a
> permanent installation on the local hard disk drive.
> =======

This doesn't answer the question either.

> Here you go: "without committing to a permanent installation" is my reason.

"Without committing to a permanent installation" makes no sense at all
unless we're discussing burning NetBSD into PROM.

"Without committing to installation to internal HDD" is completely
different thing. Using a system that is installed to USB-attached storage,
be it pen drive or external HDD, or installed to SD or CF card (perhaps
used via USB card reader) satisfies this requirement perfectly.


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