If you’re interested in USB images, I’m publishing factory USB images built in the build service. They are completely fresh and see no testing at all, so if you find a problem, send me a patch 🙂
They are compressed .bz2, so the download is roughly the same as a CD ISO, but they are actually .raw images. So you can deploy them on a USB stick and carry around your personal linux hard drive. But you will need something > 3G. Installing them is pretty easy.
Put your USB stick in your computer, then check /dev/disk/by-id/usb* for the name of your stick. Mine is named /dev/disk/by-id/usb-Kingston_DataTraveler_II+_5B751D8C1994-0:0. You can double check by looking if it points to the same sdX that you see last in dmesg. Like this:
sd 29:0:0:0: [sde] Assuming drive cache: write through
sd 29:0:0:0: [sde] Attached SCSI removable disk
desdemona:~ # ls -l /dev/disk/by-id/usb-Kingston_DataTraveler_II+_5B751D8C1994-0:0
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 4. Mai 15:47 /dev/disk/by-id/usb-Kingston_DataTraveler_II+_5B751D8C1994-0:0 -> ../../sde
Bot are sde – fine. What partitions are on it, doesn’t matter – all data will be erased by this.
Now the command (for gnome.x86_64 – there are 3 other choices):
wget -O - http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/openSUSE:/Factory:/Live/images/openSUSE-11.2-usb-gnome.x86_64-2.8.0-Build18.1.raw.bz2 | bzcat | dd of=/dev/disk/by-id/usb-Kingston_DataTraveler_II+_5B751D8C1994-0:0 bs=4M
Depending on the speed of your USB stick, this can take a while, but the good thing is that this command doesn’t require any temporary space. My stick is a very fast one and it takes around 10 minutes to download and “burn”. After that, either reboot or put the stick in the computer you like to boot. On first boot, it will expand to the size of your USB stick, creating another partition.
Note that this images come without live installer, but you can of course zypper in yast2-live-installer and xdg-su -c /sbin/yast2 live-installer.
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