Just a brief post here…have installed Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix alongside Pop!_OS on a 128 GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB, and then placed it on the ‘Apevia’ computer’s Sabrent 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub for permanent Linux Distros. Removed CentOS from the hub, since Fedora 33 ‘n Puppy 9.5 handle all the main Linux testing w/o the need for extra help. Will leave CentOS with permanent USB installs of Fedora ‘n Puppy 9.5 on the ‘Rose‘ test computer.

One of the main problems with Linux as a Desktop OS is that usually you cannot find a perfect Linux Distro, which is why WIN10 Pro easily remains my main Desktop OS. Heck, you can buy a Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM CD KEY for $17.46 from URcdkey and install it in the computer of your choice. I have 4-5 WIN10 Pro ‘n 2 WIN10 Home OEM license keys and have never had a problem activating any of them. I have several posts on how to do it easily – HERE ‘n HERE are two. However, always nice to have a backup OS, especially if it’s USB portable.

With some 2000+ Linux Distros there are also at least 1000+ photo viewers ‘n who knows how many video viewers. I hate the Ubuntu ‘n Ubuntu-based Distros’ annoying “Authenticate” popup or other ‘Pesky Passwords’, but they do offer so many other great options, excellent hardware recognition, stability, easy GUI Software Managers, tons of great software ‘n apps, etc. Anyway, I like the main viewers offered by Ubuntu/Pop!_OS and often find myself wishing that Puppy, Fedora ‘n CentOS had better apps ‘n GUI Software Managers. Ubuntu ‘n Pop! will not be testing Distros nor required to do anything involving “Authenticate” popup or other ‘Pesky Passwords’; however, they will be needed for other stuff at times.

After the earlier Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix ‘n Pop!_OS 20.10 posts I decided that they were so good that I would try to combine them together on a USB. I had an extra 128GB SanDisk Ultra USB so tried installing Pop! alongside Ubuntu on the first try, but that didn’t work. Most Linux Distro installers have trouble figuring out what to do with full installs to a USB drive … sometimes even a USB Docking Station w/ an SSD in it causes the Distro problems, e.g. they want you to do a manual formatting of the disk. Pop! would either do an ‘Erase the disk and install Pop!’ or you had to do a manual formatting for a Pop! alongside Ubuntu, which can be a pain.

Second try, I installed Pop!_OS first, and then let Ubuntu installer take over, i.e. there is no other Linux Distro installer that is even close to the Ubuntu installer…none nada zip! The Ubuntu installer has been developed so well that it recognizes every situation I throw at it.

The installer offered 3 choices ‘n I selected the ‘Install Ubuntu alongside Pop!_OS 20.10‘. Most all installers can offer the correct options if the target disk is either a SSD or HDD, but also, most Distro installers end up offering “Something else” or a manual formatting or just won’t work when you want to install Distros alongside each other on a USB. Here is a GParted pic of the Pop! installed on the USB first:

Here is the GParted pic after Ubuntu installed alongside of Pop!:

Here’s an installer pic of what was going to happen – i.e. a double-check just before proceeding with the installation:

Yep, all look correct, so did the install. That gave me two fully portable Linux OSes on a USB, and I kept going back to it over the next few days or so…reaching for ‘n plugging the big ole USB in, then unplugging ‘n putting it back. Time for another test! The Ultra Fit and Ultra were the exact same GB size, but the Ultra Fit is much smaller physically, which is suitable for permanent installation use.

Made a Clonezilla image of the 128GB SanDisk Ultra USB setup, then restored that image to the 128 GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB. Worked perfectly, i.e. Clonezilla was able to restore both OSes ‘n the Grub.

They work so well together, Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix ‘n Pop!_OS, on both portable ‘n permanent USB installations that I am going to combine them both, and move them together up to that #4 spot on the Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page.

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