Best way to run a full linux distro from a flash drive?

Michael Torrie torriem at
Tue Sep 10 16:38:12 MDT 2013

On 09/10/2013 04:29 PM, Michael Torrie wrote:
> For the short term, I'm going to run linux off of a little usb flash
> drive on this router computer, rather than spring for a full-on SSD.
> Some things are going to be much slower this way, but routing and
> firewalling will be unaffected. So my question is how should I partition
> things and set up the file systems to run optimally, survive resets,
> etc?  Except when doing system updates, the root file system should
> probably be read-only.  And tmp should probably be tmpfs.  Probably
> /var/run and /var/tmp as well.  Any other ideas?  I might make /etc its
> own partition so I can manage dansguardian via webmin.

I found this document which has some very good ideas, if anyone else
wants to do this:

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