G BAESDTGE E TS
Stick it to them
One of my favorite attributes of Linux is its way of
fitting onto practically any device. For a while now,
it’s been possible to boot up any computer with a
Linux LiveCD distribution and compute away without
modifying the hard drive of the machine you’re using.
The trouble with this mostly handy arrangement is
that CD drives tend to run slowly, and the read-only
nature of the discs means that nothing of your session
persists into any future session. The Fedora Project has
addressed both the speed and persistence issues with
liveusb-creator ( fedorahosted.org/liveusb-creator).
You can use the app, which runs on both Windows
and Linux, to create a portable Linux installation
on a USB stick, a method that is faster than using a
CD and allows for data to persist between sessions.
Turning a simple USB stick into a full-fledged gadget,
Jungle Disk ( jungledisk.com/index.aspx) offers up a
portable version of its front end to Amazon’s Simple
Storage Service. Extract the Jungle Disk Portable
package onto one of your friendly neighborhood USB
sticks, and you can access CONTINUED ON PAGE 25