The very first Linux distribution that I have tried as a full install for a server was how to install Slax on a USB thumbdrive will surely make it easier for me to try it again.. I still have some preference to Slackware but given the improvements and features from Ubuntu made it difficult for me to tinker with Slackware again. However, this tutorial on
Unfortunately, this only works if you have a machine that allows booting off of your USB port! At least the Asus Eee PC can do that! Hehehe.
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