I have had this mania recently to want to have my linux running on just any single computer I touch and without putting a mess on that computer.
Ubuntu USB Live just lets you do that. And with persistence attached to the USB thumbdrive you can persist any data you want: files, config, software installed.
A lot of the UI tools available will fail to make USB stick bootable on Intel Macs. That is because a lot of distribution do not have EFI bootable support.
- On your Mac start Volume Disk Utility and Create 3 FAT32 partition on your thumbdrive.
- The first partition labelled MACUBUNTU1 can be fairly small, ie 10GB. Do not use space in the label.
- The second partition labelled MACUBUNTU2 and MACUBUNTU3 can use the rest of your thumbdrive (ie 55GB and 55GB if you have a 120GB thumbdrive).
- Launch Mac Linux USB Loader and click Persistence Manager to Create a persistence file on the first partition MACUBUNTU1. The persistence file should be 4GB and should be named
writableif you are fine with a 4GB only persistence)
- In Mac Linux USB Loader, create the bootable in Create Live USB
- Choose Ubuntu latest iso
- Make sure to untick Skip the boot selection menu
- Tick This ISO lacks an EFI-enabled kernel
- At this stage you have a perfectly working Ubuntu USB Live stick. But it only has 4GB persistence.
- In order to fix this, we will resize
- From a Linux session, with gparted, reformat MACUBUNTU2 into an ext4 partition.
- Copy the existing casper-rw into the new partition (replace below
/dev/sdXYwith the correct partition):
sudo dd if=/media/ubuntu/MACUBUNTU1/casper-rw of=/dev/sdXY status=progress
- Extend the partition to its full size by using either
resize2fsor do a Check with gparted.
- Here you go, you now have a bootable Ubuntu stick that you can use on MAC. To boot it, Press option and start your Mac. Then when prompted choose option 2 (advanced) 5 (persistence) and 0 to start!