I'd like to carry my computer everywhere I go but big bag with "Lenovo" label is kinda thief-magnet. I want to to use other computers only to provide physical resources but carry everything digital with me. Looks like a portable Linux distro is good choice but I'm unsure about few things.
- Symlinks. This is serious problem with Windows but I'm unsure about Linux. Are symlinks (and paths in general) going to work with different drive letters? Various computers are going to give my external HDD various drive letters and I really want to know if it going to work.
- If I boot from external disc and save everything to external disk and basically don't touch any of hosting computer's disk, will there be any leftover files?
- I still have lots of files on my original laptop's HDD. Can I access those files even from admin-protected directories? Or do I need to input admin password? Can these files be damaged due to having different line endings? Do I need to convert them somehow? Can all files generally be used both in Windows and Linux (including .exe using Wine)?
- Can Linux use the network connection of original computer without a Wi-Fi password or Ethernet link without authorization of some kind?
- Can I boot from an external HDD without any damage being done to computer in case computer's original HDD contains different OS? How can I prevent damage?
- Can I boot from external HDD even if hosting computer does not support UEFI? How?
- Can the boot menu be locked by a password, so that the computer requires a boot menu password on every boot? Can I bypass it somehow in order to boot from external HDD without permanent changes done to hosting computer?
After Edit Note: I'm still student. I don't want use company computer but rather school computer. Need to say I'm absolutely sure that USB ports work fine (I usually use portableapps platform from my USB stick). I'm also sure USB booting works because school computers have no disc mechanic. Also there is no reason for destroying USB ports because students need to carry some work home, besides the fact than we are overseen by teachers all the time. Main reason for this is to have my work (I'm indie game dev) available all time without leaving any of my files on computers of others. I also disagree with Bill and his (terrible, by my option) Windows 10 that are currently installed in school for no real reason.