[Website] bootable USB / installation requirements

Asked by Lyrae on 2011-01-07

Note: This question has been moved to http://askubuntu.com/questions/20540/bootable-usb-installation-requirements (Chris Wilson (https://launchpad.net/~notgary, 16-03-2011))

On the official site: http://www.ubuntu.com/netbook/get-ubuntu/download

The instructions for creating a bootable USB key for installing Ubuntu Netbook Remix include a line saying:

"Insert a USB stick with at least 2GB of free space"

I recently installed UNR on a netbook -- in fact, the one I'm using right now -- and I went ahead despite only having a 1GB USB key on hand. Everything went smoothly and installed 100% correctly.

If I had waited to go out and buy a 2GB USB key I would have spent that money unnecessarily and wouldn't have been able to use the computer in the meantime.

I was wondering if there's a specific rationale for requiring a 2GB USB key, or if the instructions could be changed to indicate that it can be done with only 1GB.


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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) said : #1

This question was expired because it remained in the 'Open' state without activity for the last 15 days.

Chris Wilson (notgary) said : #2

Hi there. I've posted your question on http://askubuntu.com. You should check it out and respond to any comments that are posted there.

Chris Wilson (notgary) said : #3

Response from the askubuntu:

"The specific requirements for a 2GB stick is so you can install a persistent file to the USB disk so that if you require a certain package on the LiveUSB, you will have more than enough space.

The persistent filesystem for the disk requires at least 500MB to efficiently operate. That is the reason for the 2GB USB stick requirement."