Boot and run Linux from a USB flash Pen Drive

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You can create the bootable USB Flash Pen Drive using newer Linux Live CD such as Ubuntu 8.10 Live CD and several other Linux OS. You also can buy bootable USB Flash Drive such as Mandriva Flash 2010 at their website. You can carry a portable Linux version with you on a USB Flash Pen Drive. Just set the BIOS to boot from USB Drive and plug in your bootable USB Drive. Restart your computer and wait until it boot using the USB Pen Drive.

Several computer don't support USB boot option but newer computer support it. You should get the USB Drive to work in your new computer.USB Linux installation enables you to install a Portable Linux operating system on a flash drive or USB key no larger than your thumb (Thumb Drive).

This portable Linux operating system can then be run from any computer that can boot from a flash device, allowing you to bring your operating system, desktop, applications, files, email, personal settings, favorites, games and more with you. It’s your own personal operating system you can carry in your pocket. On, we provide many simplified portable Linux flash drive installation tutorials. Making is easy for anyone to install, boot and run Linux portably from a flash pen drive!

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Choosing your Linux Operating System

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There are plenty of Linux Distros out there. When you want to migrate to Linux, you must first choose a Linux operating system that is suitable for you. If you are a new Linux user, then you should try to learn the basic of this operating system as this stuff is not the same as your Windows operating system. When I started using Linux a couple years ago, I faced many problems as I didn't know how to use this operating system at all. But as I start to use Linux, I feel that I am now becoming a more challenging person.

Just imagine that you walk on a road that is totally unfamiliar to you. Just walk like that without proper information about the place. But don't worry as you will slowly getting more familiar to the situation. Remember, when we first started to touch a PC with Windows operating system in it. At that time, I also don't know anything about computer. But, we slowly learned to use it. Same goes to this Linux operating system. Learn slowly, and you will master it in no time. Learning process is not about reading their documentations or books. The most important thing to do is by trying the Linux Distros by yourself. I am sure that you will be amazed with the Linux.

I will give you a number of popular Linux distros out there that you can try. You can determine the suitable operating system by yourself when you are using it. For Linux newbie, I suggest Linux Ubuntu as this operating system is very easy to use and user friendly. But if you like adventure, try using Linux Mandriva as this Linux is more enjoyable to use. Linux Mandriva is totally different from Windows. So if you want an original feel of Linux, try this operating system. If you like Mandriva, you must also try Fedora and OpenSUSE. Don't forget to use Debian as this operating system can be considered as among the first Linux operating system.

You can also try Linux XP and Knoppix as they are also easy to use.

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Linux Sabily 2009 Review

Sabily is a free, open source operating system designed by and for Muslims. It is based on the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution which is a free, efficient and secure operating system. Unlike Microsoft Windows and other proprietary systems, Linux is publicly open and extendible by contributors.

Sabily includes a set of packages that customizes the Ubuntu distro; Ubuntu is easy to use for a novice user, with the most-used Office, Internet, Graphics and Video applications already installed. With Sabily, Muslim users have “out of the box” Islamic software and tools installed as well. Sabily includes Islamic software (prayer times tool, Quran study tool, Hijri calendar etc.) and has a custom design. Sabily comes with out of the box educational software, codecs for the most used media formats and has better support for Arabic language.

Versions available

Sabily 9.04 is available as a Live DVD (so you can test it without installing anything on your computer), with 3 versions:
Small version (935 MB): contains the main Sabily packages (artwork, islamic applications) and Arabic support

Full version (1.4 GB): same as above plus multimedia, education and miscellaneous packages (see the full list here)

Full version with recitations (2.8 GB): same as above plus Quran recitations provided by Muhammad Siddeeq al-Minshawi, Huzify, Sa’ad al-Ghamadi and Mishary Rashed Alafasy. Note: this version is useful if you are not connected to the Internet (all Sabily versions provide online recitations)

A CD (184 MB) containing the Sabily packages is also available if you want to convert a standard Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) installation to Sabily.

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