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Make your USB Pendrive bootable under Ubuntu Linux

If you remember sometime back, I had written an article about making your pen-drive(memory disk) bootable using UNetBootin, Now while exploring Ubuntu 8.10 (yes I am still exploring it! ) I discovered an interesting feature that I missed while writing it's review. Ubuntu 8.10 comes preloaded with a tool that allows one to make Pen Drive bootable in a graphical manner easily.

Why would you want to boot from Pen drive ?, Firstly booting from USB Flash drive is extremely fast compared to Optical Drives,Secondly it gives you the convinience of taking your pen drive to any computer and loading your configuration of operating system, and finally you might(like me :( ) have non functional Optical Drive in which case Pen Drive is the only way of installing OS.

The tool we are taking about is housed under the Administration menu of the System section. To make a USB Flash Drive bootable we would need an ISO image(or Physical CD) of the Ubuntu 8.10 distribution (or any other distribution, h…

Eleven Tools to make your Life simpler on Ubuntu

I have been over the past 3 years writing about all these nifty little tools and applications that makes your life on Ubuntu simple and better, also allowing you to configure your Ubuntu installation easily. I thought it would be useful if I could compile all these posts about tools and applications into one single post, and so here in this article I tell you about tools that help you do a number of simple (yet important) things on your Ubuntu installation.

1. APTonCD

(Covered Here in detail with installation Instructions )

Whenever you install applications via synaptic/apt-get/aptitude the corresponding Debian files are first downloaded (/var/cache/apt/archives) then they are installed. APTonCD helps you create local repositories of these downloaded files along with all its dependencies on a CD/DVD, allowing you to install these packages locally on a different installation without connecting to Internet.

2. Cheese

Cheese is an open source GNOME application inspired by Photo Booth on Mac…