I’m thinking removing the HDD from my Laptop and just boot off a USB Stick instead. However it only has 4GB of Memory. Will this be enough for basically just Firefox?
Since the User would have to an F# key to boot off the Stick, the Laptop would be useless to them. I can just pull the key once the Image and Firefox is loaded.
I brought it Refurbish for $160 including S/H back 2016.
Yes, that might work, provided that one doesn’t load too many heavy websites or open too many tabs.
You cannot simply pull the key.
You’d have to first of all boot with full copy-to-RAM, which is not what the live session does by default.
You’d also have to use one of the minimal images, as the other images are too big to fit into RAM on that machine once they’ve been decompressed.
Even with a full copy-to-RAM, you still need to cleanly unmount the live medium before pulling it.
Thanks. Which Minimal Images can you Advise me to use? Are there still Distros that are loaded into RAM only?
I didn’t think of unmounting the Live Medium before pulling.
These are still around aren’t they? A lot of Times Wikipedia Entries are badly out of date.
But thanks for the Link. That will get me started.
There also is a manjaro-USB-stick as persistent system.
Manjaro XFCE 20.0.3 - Persistent USB - released
I believe they are. At least, AFAIK Alpine Linux is still alive n’ kickin’.
I just read that the other day. Thanks for the reminder.
How much Space does Manjaro take up once installed? My Father just brought me a three pack of Sandisk 16GB Flask Sticks last night. Will 16GB be enough for Manjaro with /home and /swap?
That depends on what version of Manjaro and how much additional software you install on top of that.
I have a fairly well-packed installation with KDE Plasma, and my total amount of used disk space ─ including
/home ─ is (very roughly) about 14 GiB. But then again, I’m using
zstd compression, so if it were
ext4, then it would probably be a lot bigger.
You definitely don’t want a swap partition or swap file on a USB stick.
USB sticks don’t support TRIM, so putting swap on a USB stick will wear out the stick too quickly.
Unless the connection is USB 3.0 ─ meaning that both the port and the stick must support that ─ it would either way be too slow.
I can second that. btrfs with ztd saves at my installation about 35% and it seems faster to. (because the most is reading in normal operation)