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Dear Fellow Thaivisa Posters,

 

I would greatly appreciate yer kind positive constructive relevant replies to the following task I need to accomplish ;

 

choicest "free" Linux Operating System, & Libre Office & minimal no. of whatever other essential "free" App.s yee recommend, loaded onto a USB Flash-Drive Memory Stick such that I can reliably, & easily, repeatedly use that USB Flash-Drive Memory Stick as personal computer when I physically connect it into another computer anywhere [ e.g. intenet-cafe computer ] for use on internet & offline.

 

 

Regrettably,- I realise that I may need baby-step guidance ;

Because,- my computer skills are so lacking in this aspect.

 

 

Thanking yee all in advance for all yer help.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Our Man in the Tropics

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google is your friend
https://www.tecmint.com/install-linux-os-on-usb-drive/

 

https://www.pendrivelinux.com/

not sure what your use case is, Tails is also another option
"
Tails is a portable operating system that protects against surveillance and censorship. · Avoid surveillance, censorship, advertising, and viruses"
https://tails.boum.org/contribute/design/installation/

 

 

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Ubuntu is the Linux distribution best suited to beginners. You may be able to buy a USB flash drive with Ubuntu pre-installed.
 

58 minutes ago, Our Man in the Tropics said:

repeatedly use that USB Flash-Drive Memory Stick as personal computer when I physically connect it into another computer anywhere [ e.g. intenet-cafe computer ] for use on internet & offline.


I don't think that is going to work. Most publicly accessible computers are too locked-down. I understand the attraction of what you're trying to do, but it isn't quite as simple as it at first appears.

 

58 minutes ago, Our Man in the Tropics said:

Regrettably,- I realise that I may need baby-step guidance ;

Because,- my computer skills are so lacking in this aspect.


It might be an idea to reconsider whether this is something you want to invest time into not only creating but, also, maintaining.
 

 

58 minutes ago, Our Man in the Tropics said:

choicest "free" Linux Operating System, & Libre Office & minimal no. of whatever other essential "free" App.s yee recommend


You would be far better off with a cheap, light Chromebook that you can use in any cafe, airport, hotel or anywhere else offering WiFi. I like Linux but would not suggest it to anyone without a reasonable amount of existing technical knowledge. My mother happily used one for the last decade of her life and never needed my help.

The Chrome OS using by Chromebooks is far more user-friendly and requires no anti-virus software. Use the free Google apps for writing, accounting, planning etc. They will work fine even when you are offline. Pretty much zero expertise or maintenance required, the operating system updates itself in the background. Looking on Lazada, Chromebooks cost between 4 and 10 thousand baht and it should last for years.

Avoid Windows if you possibly can. Maintaining a Windows computer soaks up a lot of time and appears to be getting worse.

If you can afford it, a smaller, lighter, and even more user-friendly option than a Chromebook is the new iPad announced just two weeks ago. It is now available throughout Thailand for 10,900 baht.

Pairing an iPad with a keyboard case gives you a nice, compact, and reliable workstation. You can even get a cellular version. A nice side benefit is that iPads are more comfortable for casual use such as reading, watching videos, and playing games.

Again, they last for years and you will almost certainly end up using it a lot more than you realize. Personally, if I did not already have an iPad Pro, I would consider the also newly released iPad Air, but that is twice the price of the regular iPad. I would also buy the Magic keyboard and the Apple Pencil, which allows you to enter text by simply writing.

One final note. You could also use your Chromebook or iPad anywhere that your phone has a connection to the Internet. You use your phone to create a local WiFi "hotspot" and connect to that. That frees you to work even when there is no public WiFi available.

 

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I reply with a post initially to donnacha because I need to rush to clarify that I really want such a small computer ;

Indeed,- I want many 

I want them for various of my projects & email accounts.

 

Thank you for mentioning ;

"Most publically accessible computers are too locked-down."

I welcome such serious considerations at this stage ;

Because,- I will be better prepared to overcome them when I need to.

 

I hope that others will today start :

A_

creating Portable "free" Linux Computer – & with minimal No. of essential App.s – onto USB Flash-Drive Memory Sticks

B_

updating this thread as to their ongoing progress, & learning-curve obstacles, accordingly.

 

Regards,

 

Our Man in the Tropics

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1 hour ago, donnacha said:

Ubuntu is the Linux distribution best suited to beginners. You may be able to buy a USB flash drive with Ubuntu pre-installed.
 


I don't think that is going to work. Most publicly accessible computers are too locked-down. I understand the attraction of what you're trying to do, but it isn't quite as simple as it at first appears.

 


It might be an idea to reconsider whether this is something you want to invest time into not only creating but, also, maintaining.
 

 


You would be far better off with a cheap, light Chromebook that you can use in any cafe, airport, hotel or anywhere else offering WiFi. I like Linux but would not suggest it to anyone without a reasonable amount of existing technical knowledge. My mother happily used one for the last decade of her life and never needed my help.

The Chrome OS using by Chromebooks is far more user-friendly and requires no anti-virus software. Use the free Google apps for writing, accounting, planning etc. They will work fine even when you are offline. Pretty much zero expertise or maintenance required, the operating system updates itself in the background. Looking on Lazada, Chromebooks cost between 4 and 10 thousand baht and it should last for years.

Avoid Windows if you possibly can. Maintaining a Windows computer soaks up a lot of time and appears to be getting worse.

If you can afford it, a smaller, lighter, and even more user-friendly option than a Chromebook is the new iPad announced just two weeks ago. It is now available throughout Thailand for 10,900 baht.

Pairing an iPad with a keyboard case gives you a nice, compact, and reliable workstation. You can even get a cellular version. A nice side benefit is that iPads are more comfortable for casual use such as reading, watching videos, and playing games.

Again, they last for years and you will almost certainly end up using it a lot more than you realize. Personally, if I did not already have an iPad Pro, I would consider the also newly released iPad Air, but that is twice the price of the regular iPad. I would also buy the Magic keyboard and the Apple Pencil, which allows you to enter text by simply writing.

One final note. You could also use your Chromebook or iPad anywhere that your phone has a connection to the Internet. You use your phone to create a local WiFi "hotspot" and connect to that. That frees you to work even when there is no public WiFi available.

 

 

I couldn't even finish your post it was so bad. He just wanted a bootable linux pen drive.

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No, he doesn't "just want a bootable pen drive", you didn't bother to read what he is actually trying to achieve:
 

On 9/29/2020 at 11:53 AM, Our Man in the Tropics said:

a USB Flash-Drive Memory Stick such that I can reliably, & easily, repeatedly use that USB Flash-Drive Memory Stick as personal computer when I physically connect it into another computer anywhere [ e.g. intenet-cafe computer ] for use on internet & offline.


There is no path from the project you suggested to his stated goal. You probably know that but went ahead and posted links that will do nothing but waste dozens of hours of his time and anyone else who comes across your bad advice. That meets the definition of being a bad post rather more thoroughly than mine.

 

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