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Kam 2006.png I live in Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA where I work as a Network Manager. I have been using various Linux distributions since the late 90s.

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Create YOUR Fedora Today!

Tip: If your overlay file gets full or otherwise corrupted, you can boot the USB with the "reset_overlay" option to clear your overlay. You will lose the data in the overlay file but on the up side, at least you do not have to reload the entire USB again right?

Run YOUR Fedora from USB

  • Yes, I really do run Fedora from a USB Flash RAM Drive for my daily Linux needs. In the Fedora Live USB Flash Drive platform everything is fast and very portable. If you want to run "your" Fedora from USB Flash Drive too, here are the steps to follow.

1. To create "your" Fedora you will need an existing install of Fedora to generate the "build" of a custom Fedora Live image. Lets call this the "build Fedora" for these instructions. For your "build Fedora" you could install Fedora to a hard disk (preferred) or boot from a Fedora Live CD or USB (you will need an additional 2-4GB of writable storage space for the build files used in step 3).

2. From the terminal or shell prompt run the following command as root to install the livecd-tools and spin-kickstarts packages.

 yum -y install livecd-tools spin-kickstarts

3. Now, in your "build Fedora", create a directory to work from.

All the kickstart examples installed by the spin-kickstarts package will be found at...


So now just copy the fedora-live-base.ks file and any other kickstart you will base "your" Fedora on to the work directory you created. For example, I use the fedora-live-base.ks and fedora-livecd-desktop.ks for some of my work on the FedoraLite spin.

4. Now that the kickstart editing is done, in a terminal or shell prompt execute the livecd-creator tool to create "your" Fedora! If you plan on re-creating "your" Fedora several times (and you most likely will as you learn what needs fine tuned), be sure to create a cache directory in your working directory to hold all the livecd-creator's work files for rapid re-use. In the example command below, my cache directory is named "cache" (I know, real origional)

 livecd-creator -v -c fedora-livecd-desktop-en_US-kam.ks --cache=cache

The livecd-creator utility will work its magic and build "your" Fedora based on the kicstart files you had edited. After aproximately two hours from the command given above I received the following file.


5. Finally, using the Fedora Live USB Creator utility, copy your image to a USB RAM drive or alternately burn the .iso image to CDR media. Try "your" Fedora on for size and fine tune as needed.

My latest (modified) kickstart file is at

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