Run Jolicloud from a persistent USB stick instead of a hard drive

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I'd love to run Jolicloud from a persistent USB stick -- that way I can boot from any netbook I come across and have my configuration/logins ready to go.

Ubuntu and openSUSE both support persistent USB installs, so it seems like this should be possible with Jolicloud too.
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Zak Kaufman

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Use whatever tutorial you find for Jaunty for it, and it should work, as long as Jolicloud is compatible with you computer in the first place.
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I was all happy. I followed these instructions:

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/usb-ubun...

The installation went well, but there was nothing persistent at all. On top of it, Chrome wouldn't work.

Too bad. I would be happy to install Jolicloud with Windows, but I run into the same problem as many other users:

http://getsatisfaction.com/jolicloud/...

Pierre
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Here is what I did to create a persistent USB stick version of Jolicloud.

1) Create a Jolicloud USB Key using the Jolicloud USB Creator.

2) Insert 2 USB keys to the machine; a Jolicloud USB key and an empty one.

3) Boot the machine from the Jolicloud USB key.

4) Once the Welcome screen is up, press F6 (More Options) key to interrupt the auto-launch process.

5) Press the ESC key to close the Select Language Menu.

6) Select Install Jolicloud from the menu.

7) Follow the Installation Wizard steps and check the "Use the entire disk" option and select the empty USB stick as the target disk (e.g. /dev/sdc) on the Prepare disk space screen.

8) On the Ready to Install screen, click the Advanced button, check the Install Boot Manager option and select the empty USB stick (e.g. /dev/sdc) as the target disk.

9) Click Install to start the installation process.

I also use the above process to install my persistent copy of Jolicloud on SD card as well. (Some machines, e.g. HP1100, allow you to boot from SD card as well.)

Have fun.
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Hi, I think this is a great idea. Thanks for your instructions Raymond Cheang. I followed them exactly using an 8gb USB stick. However, unfortunately I keep getting the following error ext4 file system creation in partition #1 of scsl5 (0,0,0)(sdc) failed. The partitioner shows the first main area as /dev/sdc1 which I selected as boot loader in advanced. and chose whole drive installation as instructed. Swap was swap(/dev/sdc5) shown on partitioner. Your help would be greatly appreciated Raymond as I love Jolicloud, the idea is great and I am sure that it would help many others. Yours are the only precise instructions that I have found. I am sure that it is something simple.
Many thanks for your help. David
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Stephen

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Did you get anywhere with this?
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Hi Zak, great news. I found an Ubuntu forum with instructions on formatting drives. I followed that, deleting the existing partitions on the stick first to create one free space, then adding the swap etc. Then going on and creating boot in advanced as per previous instructionsI tried it with ext4 and no joy. So I repeated it with ext3 and it worked, so I now have a functional persistent pen drive with Jolicloud on it which is very useful. Can I ask how to input the wireless password permanently as it does not seem to remember it. Great stuff, many thanks for all your help and I hope that this helps others as well. I believe that you ought to offer the persistent stick as an option on your site now. All the best
David
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Hi David. I agree it would be nice to have an official option to do this. Re partitions: does the installer not offer to "use whole disc"? Or did this fail? Can you gie a link to the instructions you mention? Best. Stephen
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Hi Stephen, I can't find the link offhand, but the instructions are in my previous comment. The main thing was to delete the existing partitions on the stick only! Be careful!.Then I followed the original instructions given by Raymond but selected ext 3 and it worked, giving me a good permanent stick. I will have a look for the link, but essentially, I do not think it will tell you any more. It was clearing the partitions and using ext3 that made the difference. Good luck. Let me know how you go on. Remember, I was not using a net book and also may have had different partitions, so make sure ext3 is not in use from the installer partitioning. e-mail me or leave a comment any time. I am not an expert on Linux installation, just used the Ubuntu forum, this forum and Raymond's instructions and a bit of common sense (and prayer, since I was a bit concerned about wiping the lot).
Regards
David
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Alright! While we still can't condone this as an official method of installation, it's great to hear that it works.
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Hi Zak, actually it is great and very useful. It seems that a lot of people want to try it. I appreciate everybody's help and the efforts of those at Jolicloud. I am sure that offering it as an option can only enhance your position and usage and allow a proper trial without having to keep setting it up again with Apps, updates etc. Also useful for maintenance. Many thanks, David.
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Hi ., I think that I found the extra information in the Pendrive Linux site. I hope this is helpful. Regards David
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Very easy to create a usb stick with jolicloud on it with : http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universa...
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Hi, many thanks, that is what I did previously, see my original earlier post. However, I am unable to download the latest version of Jolicloud from the site ( my original version was currupted by the update) and I spent ages downloading all the apps that I wanted. I was hoping to avoid redoing all of that. Many thanks for your help and effort.
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This will only result in a live usb image, without any persitence at all, as faras I can gather.
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No, it's not recommended but you can just do an install to a stick & it will work...
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Your apps should be synced if you are using 1.0. Are you still on a previous version of Jolicloud?
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Hi Zak, I have a separate post where I pointed out that I tried to upgrade to 1.0 when I was requested to do so, but although the update said it was completed OK, , somehow it is not working properly and I still have the previous version but not working properly. It looks like Jolicloud 1.0 is now available as download from the site, so am I better to start again with a fresh download. Presumably, that would mean requesting the apps again.
Remember, the original was successfully used on a persistent USB stick, so as an alternative to re-install, is there now any easy way of rescuing the original and ensuring the upgrade?
Many thanks for your support. I think Jolicloud is great and am a long standing fan and user.
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Ok, well while it's still unsupported, it may work with a fresh installation of 1.0.
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Ok, thanks ZAK. I will try it.
Regards
David
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i have tried installing using 2 usb and one jolicloud created with unetbooting or universal usb installer but when i try to boot i get error 25 error disk in grub....i dont know if is ext 4 or ext 3 or fat32 i have tried these and have the same errror.
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Sergio Gonzalez

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I was getting the error 25 but I changed the GRUB setting
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Zak Kaufman, Employee

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Right, that's a Grub error.
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I actually tried this and successfully got it running on a USB stick (just select the USB stick from the disk drive menu) and I actually don't believe it is worth it. It is incredibly slow and takes forever to load.
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Agreed!!!
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I have successfully run my netbook on jolicloud both a usb drive and also an sd card (actually my reason for switching to linux- my hard drive crapped out on my while in china and i didnt want to mess with buying a new drive here).

Boot time is not bad at all, neither is running speed. Much faster than xp both cases.

You may want to verify the speed rating or your usb drive- some are ridiculously slow (epsecially cheaper high capacity ones). Switching to a quicker drive will make OS run much faster (in my experience).
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Okay, I've installed jolicloud and its running fine on a persistent usb drive. Oddly, the initial application sync is taking forever! However, downloading large files from the internet onto USB storage is a snap and web browsing / video playback is just fine. Any thoughts why the package manager would be so slow? Its taken 45 minutes to ge the first 4 apps installed! (I understand its not a supported method....)

Please help, this is my attemp at salvaging my netbook which had a HD ruined by water! (its an Asus 1008ha so a real pain to open up)