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What do I need to install a Ubuntu Server on a USB stick? I don't want to create a bootable stick, but really install the system there.

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You don't really need anything other then the USB stick to install to and the installation media (CD/USB). – mikewhatever Oct 19 '12 at 15:20
    
@mikewhatever: and just install on it as it would be a HDD? – Pedro Dusso Oct 19 '12 at 16:00
    
Yep. For the installer, a USB stick looks no different then an HDD. – mikewhatever Oct 19 '12 at 17:02
up vote 2 down vote accepted

EDIT: LinuxLive USB will do an awesome job for that.

You can make a LiveUSB from any distribution of Ubuntu (Server/Desktop). You can look on Ubuntu's Wiki, there is a step-by-step solution : LiveUSB.

I also found an article to literally install a portable Ubuntu on your flashdrive : How To: Install Portable Linux Ubuntu on a bootable USB Flash Drive.

With those two tutorials, you should be able to do what you want.

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I want the second on I think, lets see what happens... thanks! – Pedro Dusso Oct 19 '12 at 16:01
    
Ok, let me know if it worked ;) – NorTicUs Oct 19 '12 at 16:04
    
Second link is broken. – mR_fr0g Apr 14 '15 at 20:32
    
Change it to LinuxLive USB, more recent. – NorTicUs Apr 14 '15 at 21:55
    
LinuxLive USB Creator won't install Ubuntu on the USB driver, but just burn the ISO and make it bootable. It allows to run Ubuntu in live-mode, but not install the system on the USB drive – Matteo Dec 30 '15 at 19:35

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