[Live-demo] Notes on USB sticks

Angelos Tzotsos gcpp.kalxas at gmail.com
Sat May 26 01:44:37 PDT 2012

Great work Alex!

On 05/26/2012 12:27 AM, Alex Mandel wrote:
> A few notes from a batch of sticks I just made for a Forest Service
> Workshop on Climate Change.
> 1. The keys for getting into boot menus or configuring BIOS to boot usb
> are different between every brand, and across lines in the same brand.
> Providing some more hints on this is useful. e.g. on a MAC hold the c
> button during boot, F12 seems common for boot menus without needing to
> enter bios.
> http://www.mydigitallife.info/comprehensive-list-of-how-key-to-press-to-access-bios-for-various-oem-and-computer-systems/
> 2. Non-technical users are likely to move the osgeo boot files into a
> single folder after you give them a drive. This of course breaks the boot.
> 3. Reminder:Windows can't see more than 1 partition on a usb flash drive.
> 4. Ubuntu does not like to make persistence partitions smaller than 1
> GB. That means for a 4 GB stick (~3.7 GB usable), we would need to fit
> in 2.7 GB if we want persistence. On a 8 GB stick it works out nicely to
> have 3.7 GB osgeo, 1 GB persistence and ~2.7 GB space remaining for
> other stuff that windows/mac can see.
> 5. I made a youtube video showing how to boot, we should probably
> include it or something similar on the disc. (Edited with openShot)
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQBdVO-n6Mg
> More notes to come later on making the documentation easier for 1st time
> users who seem to have no idea what to do once booted.
> Thanks,
> Alex
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Angelos Tzotsos
Remote Sensing Laboratory
National Technical University of Athens

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