Ubuntu 20.04 LTS has just taken over the #2 Spot in Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros for its newfound Portability & Rescue ability. That means Ubuntu LTS now holds the Top Linux Desktop OS *AND* the Top Linux Portable OS (Portability & Rescue category – Kodachi Linux still holds Portability & Privacy category) spots.

Puppy Linux (BionicPup as the latest) has been my Top Linux Portable OS for so many years now that I don’t even recall when I first started using it. Puppy can’t be beat on pure USB speed, and it doesn’t require that aggravating “Authentication Required” (password) that a majority of Linux Distros require for adding updates or apps or opening apps or needing to use the restroom or etcetera. Main reason Ubuntu 20.04 LTS ‘Focal Fossa’ has taken over that Top Linux Portable OS spot is because I was recently able to do a full install of it onto a USB Flash Drive in less than 10 minutes (8.5 minutes) which was the fastest ever for me, and it is also fast on the USB…not as fast as BionicPup, of course. However, I don’t like the Puppy DE and lack of flexibility on customizing, adding apps, the OS strength of Ubuntu, etc. Portability is the only advantage that Linux has over Microsoft Windows, and only Distros like Puppy Linux have ever really focused on that advantage, IMHO. Never was able to get the right combo to install any full Linux Distros to a USB in less than 30 minutes…usually took over an hour or even failed after an hour.

I’ll have more on the Ubuntu LTS installed onto a USB when my new order of 3 USB Flash Drives 3.0 comes in…have completed most of the testing, but want to do some final tests on the new drives. May also test other Distros. The old 3.0 USB drive I have it on now is possibly 8-11 years old, but I don’t recall when I actually got it. So old that I never bothered testing it for a full installation of a Linux OS on it.

Anyway, the tests so far have shown Ubuntu installs a lot faster on this brand of USB, and 32GB’s seems to be the best size, and 3.0 is faster and more reliable to install on than the 2.0. Also, installing with the “Something Else” method is faster than the basic “Erase and Install” auto method…last tests had “Something Else” installed in 8.5 minutes, and basic “Erase and Install” in 13 minutes (which isn’t bad!). Brand of the USB and being 3.0 seems to be the most important factors…so far, but prepping with GParted seems to speed the installation up.

‘Live’ USB testing is great and is even better with Persistent storage added to it; however, getting updates, adding new apps, etc. can be difficult to impossible, and it’s always just a ‘Live’ version waiting for you to install it. SSD’s are faster, and well suited for a permanent location, but with all my testing they don’t compare to the portability of a USB…which is why I have tried for a long time to find a way that installs a full Distro fast ‘n easy to USB, and still remain pretty quick ‘n snappy. I have been using a ‘Live’ ExTiX Deepin USB with persistence for all my formatting and/or reformatting & quick checking, but this full Ubuntu install to USB is a *LOT* faster with tons of more options…thusly, ExTiX got moved from #3 spot to #8.

Here are 2 examples of my Dock – on the Left and on the Bottom, tho these are from a previous post so I can save Medias Library space and my own time:

I’ve also added an interesting app, Dconf Editor, which allowed me to remove Mounted Drives icons from the Dock … I have a 1TB 2.5” HDD that has 8-9 partitions that are used for backups and data for 5 desktops and one laptop, and that many extra icons can ruin a Dock. Gnome Tweaks removes the Desktop Icons. I may do a post on Dconf Editor in the future. Also, since installing the KShutdown app I have stopped using the Dash to Panel extension, which I was mainly using to avoid having to use the Power Off button waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayy over in the upper Right Hand corner on the top bar.

Rule of Thumb – if you can’t install Ubuntu on it, then you can’t install any Linux Distro on it.