Creating a USB with a Linux distribution

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Tux

Linux

Sooner or later, I must try Linux, … and I did it, after several times, and after solving several issues!

What it really push me to try Linux was a cool course I’m following offered by Linux Fundation called Introduction to Linux, but I also must blame Microsoft, because it was careless with its users, and more and more people are migrating from Windows to Linux (at least, some of my friends and colleges are migrating, and they are only normal users, not many developers).

Linux Distros

There are a lot, some of them are specific for some task, and other are more common. There are three branches:

Creating a USB Linux distribution

The best option to create a USB with a Linux distro is to download Linux Live USB Creator, and just follow this instructions , in spanish). Easy! (well, with a few distros I had troubles because I couldn’t boot, but … that’s past!).

Also, using LinuxLive under Windows is brilliant, because you can set up the USB to create a VirtualBox virtual machine for you to try, with no fear.

Another interesting issue is that using LinuxLive USB Creator you can create a USB for installing Linux, but in this case, you need to fix a few things.

And … after a few weeks, I finally got a USB stick with CentOS 7, ready to use it (I couldn’t boot it on a VistualBox VM working, but at least, it works!).

Permanent CentOS

After a few weeks trying the USB Linux portable, I decided to create a partition and install CentOS on a laptop, although maintaining Windows (dual boot). By now, I have prefered not to remove Windows and for creating the partition I used an utility included in Hiren’s Boot CD.

The way of installing CentOS is by booting from the USB, and using the Install Utility. The process is very easy because you only need to configure the language, the keyboard, the partition and … in 20 minutes you have your CentOS Linux installed. I recommend creating a user when the process requests it, avoiding login directly as root.

Now, I’m starting to solve the first problems due to be an unexperienced users with this operating system, so next entrances will be related to install Anaconda, install PyCharm, install Sublime Text 3, and a MySQL. The first problem to solve is mounting NTFS partitios, understand about repositories, ….

New times for me #ByeWindows #HelloLinux

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