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 Post subject: Portable Ubuntu, A Windows Application
PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:16 am 
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http://lifehacker.com/5195999/portable- ... de-windows

The coolest parts about Portable Ubuntu are:
  • It actually works (in most cases, on most systems).
  • It fits on a (larger) thumb drive and can run entirely from it.
  • It can work on, and save to, your Windows folders and files.
  • It's persistent, so changes you make and apps you install are carried around with you.
  • It's easily manageable from Windows, and works great on dual monitors.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:48 am 
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I'm checking this out now. Looks awesome!
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It fits on a (larger) thumb drive and can run entirely from it.

I didn't see any instructions on this so I'm assuming you just extract the zipped file onto the thumb drive and then run it from there.
I'll let you know how this works.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:35 am 
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Well un-packed it's almost 2 gigs so I'll have to wait for now.
I only had a 1 gig card at the moment.
(I read it was only 468 megs but that was BEFORE un-packing it lol)


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:38 am 
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Wow. I've got a 4 gig geek stick that this may work perfectly on. Have to try it out!

WHOA!! Major thought here. Does this have folding potential?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:48 am 
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You just drop the unpacked files on your stick. It runs like any other portable app inside windows. Like it's own virtual machine.

Or that is what I think the theory is. I haven't tried it yet.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:55 am 
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Ok running it now.
Wow this is weird! It does run Ubuntu inside Windows. It has it's own start menu just like it's full install but while running Windows.
This is sum CrAzY chit right here!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:58 am 
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Can you fold on it? I see some enormous potential here......


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:23 am 
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bigtoyota479 wrote:
Can you fold on it? I see some enormous potential here......


Well not sure. I'm on my work computer and had to give up folding with it.
Just slowed me down too much.
I'll have to try it at home.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:28 am 
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Ok. No problemo. I may even give it a try this evening since you're new to the folding community. Just so you know, the folding potential on Linux is about double what it is on Windows. That's why I'm so excited about this.

Anyway, enough of the Folding hijack lol.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:09 am 
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I tried it, but the only problem for me was that it goes berserk when I choose the package manager.


*Sigh*, gonna have to go to their forums and figure it out.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:10 am 
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I have noticed so far that even after installing all of the "Ubuntu Extras",
I cannot get it to play any music.

the is strange is, I can get system sounds to work but I can't play mp3's, midi or anything else. They show up but nothing comes out.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 11:22 am 
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-Lawless wrote:
I have noticed so far that even after installing all of the "Ubuntu Extras",
I cannot get it to play any music.

the is strange is, I can get system sounds to work but I can't play mp3's, midi or anything else. They show up but nothing comes out.


Does the Ubuntu Extras include the Gstreamer plugins? Those are usually in the restricted repos.


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bigtoyota479 wrote:
Ok. No problemo. I may even give it a try this evening since you're new to the folding community. Just so you know, the folding potential on Linux is about double what it is on Windows. That's why I'm so excited about this.

Anyway, enough of the Folding hijack lol.


Since it is running Ubuntu from within Windows, it is doubtful that you'll see a performance improvement. It is more likely that it would decrease performance.

However, it depends entirely on how Ubuntu accesses hardware and how much control it has over persistent processes .. it is possible that you'll see a performance gain similar to those on a native linux system.

I'm very interested in your results if you're willing to test this out.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 11:33 am 
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I am willing to test it out, but this week may be out of the question. I just got a call from my Dad, he needs the car in my shop finished by Thursday. There goes the next few evenings. :cry:

I'd be more than willing to try after that, though.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:24 pm 
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Hmmm, I want to try this out. Do you think my 4Gb MicroSD card in a USB card reader would suffice?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:25 pm 
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that Linux guy wrote:
Hmmm, I want to try this out. Do you think my 4Gb MicroSD card in a USB card reader would suffice?

I'm thinking it should work just fine.
That was my plan. There is no booting issue so all the easier.


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that Linux guy wrote:
-Lawless wrote:
I have noticed so far that even after installing all of the "Ubuntu Extras",
I cannot get it to play any music.

the is strange is, I can get system sounds to work but I can't play mp3's, midi or anything else. They show up but nothing comes out.


Does the Ubuntu Extras include the Gstreamer plugins? Those are usually in the restricted repos.

Ya it sure does. That's always the first thing I do after a new Ubuntu install.
Humm... maybe it's because I have two sound cards in this computer. But then again, why would system sounds play but not any form of music?
I'll try a Youtube video.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:32 pm 
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-Lawless wrote:
I have noticed so far that even after installing all of the "Ubuntu Extras",
I cannot get it to play any music.

the is strange is, I can get system sounds to work but I can't play mp3's, midi or anything else. They show up but nothing comes out.


Does the Ubuntu Extras include the Gstreamer plugins? Those are usually in the restricted repos.

Ya it sure does. That's always the first thing I do after a new Ubuntu install.
Humm... maybe it's because I have two sound cards in this computer. But then again, why would system sounds play but not any form of music?
I'll try a Youtube video.


Have you tried running alsamixer and seeing which sound card the system's trying to use? If you have multiple sound sources enabled, you'll have to choose one after each reboot. Run alsaconf as root to choose.

When I have to run alsaconf on my rig, it sees the HDMI out on my HD4870, my Realtek ALC-888 onboard audio, my Sound Blaster Audigy SE, and something else (legacy sound or something).


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:51 pm 
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It wasn't installed so I:
sudo apt-get install alsa-utils

All went well until I tried to run it and got:
function snd_ctl_open failed for default: No such file or directory

fine.... maybe this isn't the cats meow...

Still collio though.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 3:28 pm 
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Still an early effort. Maybe they don't know about these issues yet? Or are working on them?


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