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USB flash drive distro with media codecs galore

Link to this post 20 May 09


I am looking for a distro that runs from a usb flash drive that supports many media formats from within the web browser.

Watching sport via internet requires quite some media support and all the distro's I have tried so far (Mint, openSuse, Puppy) don't seem to support the ones I need, or at least I cannot get necessary protocols/players installed.

Basically the 3 most important formats that I need supported are:
Mediaplayer: They all can play this one except for when the protocol is MMS (Mint fell down here)
Sopcast: I couldn't get any to support this.
Veetle: I can only get openSuse to support this on my desktop but not on the usb flash drive.

Has anybody got experience with which distro can run persistently from a usb flash drive and where the installation of the above is easily done?

Thanks for any help.

Link to this post 22 May 09

Hi There,
I've installed Ubuntu to an USB disk.
When I need support for some codec or something I just can install it and it works.

Link to this post 30 May 09


I have tried different options with Ubuntu but it just seem to be persistent. The last I tried, Ubuntu 9.04, seems to hang the screen where you choose whether you want to boot live, install etc.

Whatever choice I make nothing happens. I made the usb using the instructions on Pendrive, including the special instructions for Vista, but nothing.

Looks like I might have to persevere with Puppy and see what I can get working there.

Link to this post 31 May 09


I'm unsure of other distros, but Ubuntu has an application in jaunty under the menu Settings => Administration called the "USB Startup Disk Creator" which will allow you to setup a USB drive and allocate space for persistent data migration. I would think that you could use that space to install the ubuntu-restricted-extras package and get all of the media codecs you need.

Course could be wrong :P

Link to this post 12 May 10

I second that. Ubuntu has easy codec install. You go to the upper panel click System > Adminstration > Software Sources. Then check em all. Make sure their all checked in the Ubuntu Software tab, and in Other Software. Then open a terminal and type :

Sudo apt-get update

In your browser it should show a message like "missing plugin." click to install that plugin. You should be good to go.

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