Six Best Portable Operating Systems

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Six Best Portable Operating Systems

Why restrict yourself to merely carrying around your data on a thumb drive? Take your entire operating system on your flash drive with the excellent portable operating systems you’ll find inside this week’s Hive Five.

Photo by Marcin Wichary.
Six contenders in a Hive Five contest? Due to a tie within the top five contenders, a sixth contender has squeezed into the race.

Puppy Linux

Slax

Ubuntu

BackTrack

If BackTrack was your friend, it would be the friend you have who keeps a survival kit in an Altoids tin, a length of rope in his jacket just in case, and a folding shovel in his briefcase. BackTrack isn’t the most lightweight and certainly not the fluffiest portable operating system in this Hive Five. BackTrack is a serious tool packed with 300 applications covering everything from packet sniffing to hot spot probing to brute force password attacks. If you know what you’re doing BackTrack will leave no corner of your computer and network un-poked, scanned, prodded, and analysed.

CrunchBang

Damn Small Linux

Your favourite portable operating system isn’t on the list? Have a trick you’ve got to share? Sound off in the comments with your tips and tricks for taking your operating system with you.

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