One of my favorite ‘Specialty’ Linux OSes just announced the release of Linux Kodachi 7.0:

  • Linux Kodachi operating system is based on Xubuntu 18.04 it will provide you with a secure, anti-forensic, and anonymous operating system considering all features that a person who is concerned about privacy would need to have in order to be secure.
  • Use the Internet anonymously.
  • All connections to the Internet are forced to go through the VPN then Tor network with DNS encryption.
  • Leave no trace on the computer you are using unless you ask it explicitly.
  • Use state-of-the-art cryptographic and privacy tools to encrypt your files, emails and instant messaging.

Seems ‘smoother’ this time, and the full install to a 32GB SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive from the ‘Live’ 16GB SanDisk Ultra Flair USB 3.0 installation media went great. Since I have started using only SanDisk USB’s for all my Linux testing, everything has gone more smoothly! I also have Ubuntu 20.04 LTS on a 32GB Samsung FIT Plus USB 3.1 Flash Drive, which I use on the ‘InWin’ Linux test machine…which is also rapidly becoming my favorite Linux test machine, BTW. The Samsung FIT was the only USB I found that actually listed “Linux” as an OS that worked with it – see my Linux ‘n USB Flash Drives page for more info on using Flash Drives with Linux. I threw 7-8 ADATA, DataTraveler and PNY Flash Drives away recently – kept one 64 GB DataTraveler just for temporary data, but the rest were useless as disks to install a Linux OS onto, IMHO. One of the few advantages of using Linux over Windows 10 is the ability to use a fully installed Linux OS (some Distros won’t work) on most any computer’s 3.0 USB ports, which is a main reason I have basically switched to using just one Ubuntu 20.04 LTS 32GB SanDisk Ultra drive almost totally on all my computers, other than the ‘InWin’ test machine. Have stopped using SSD’s for Linux.

I used Rufus to create a bootable SanDisk 16 GB ‘Live’ USB flash drive as installation media…be sure to use the “Boot selection” dropdown menu and then select “FreeDOS” from it before selecting your iso Target file. It will change to the selected iso file after you choose it, but for some reason the “FreeDOS” selection first eliminates all previous BIOS and/or UEFI problems I used to have with Rufus.

Then installed Kodachi 7 to a 32GB SanDisk Ultra drive…took 25 minutes & 40 seconds for a full online installation. SSD installations go a lot quicker, but USB’s give you more portability, and also make for easier testing.

One of the ‘Tricks’ with installing Kodachi is to use their default user name: kodachi, and their default password: r@@t00 (note: that’s two zeros at the end). You can change it later if you want, but have to use those for a successful installation.

Breezed thru tests on 3 computers, easily recognizing all hardware ‘n such on them. Had only one problem…couldn’t get printer to install. Kodachi is based on Xubuntu 18.04, so it may not recognize the Pantum’s Ubuntu driver.

Kodachi has always been an easy to use Distro out-of-the-box, even for a newbie. Some of the apps are confusing for me, but overall it’s very easy to use if you don’t do a lot of tinkering unless you know those apps, and it is loaded with apps, browsers, and stuff I never heard of! If privacy and security are major concerns for you, then adding a portable OS like Kodachi 7 will be a great plan!

Will add this post to the Kodachi Linux page…

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