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Is the downloadable ISO up-to-date?

asked 2016-03-04 13:02:17 -0500

baroquequest gravatar image

I usually use Fedora via a USB flash drive so I can take it from PC to PC. I use Rufus to "burn" it to a USB flash drive, but this does not allow for persistent storage to allow for downloading bug fixes and installing them. And the Live USB Creator has problems with certain USB flash drives, e.g. SanDisk ones which are defined as hard drives, not removable devices. I have a dumb question. Is the downloadable ISO the one from the initial release or is it constantly updated with the latest bug fixes? If the former is true, is the current release available somewhere?

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The ISO is the one from the release, there is a member of the community who compile a update on but have not get news of it to be release yeat for Fedora 23.

aeperezt gravatar imageaeperezt ( 2016-03-04 13:05:01 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-03-04 15:12:11 -0500

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I'm told that you can use a regular LiveUSB to install Fedora on another flash drive and have it work the same way as if it were on the hard drive, including having updates and software installs carrying over from one use to another without using persistent storage. This is best if you want to keep your live system up-to-date because persistent storage gradually runs out.

Please let us know how this works if you try it, so that we can learn if it really works before suggesting it to others.

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Maybe we are talking about two different things, but the way I created a Fedora stick allows for no persistence. I tested this at first by changing the size of text to large. The next time I started Fedora, text was back to the original size. Also, if I try "yum update" or the modern equivalent (DNF), Fedora slaps me and tells me I'm not su (and in a Live User situation, there's no su). This is not all bad, because malware will not be able to hang around if I visit the wrong websites (yes, I know Linux is far more resistant to malware than yukky Windows, but it is still a possibility).

baroquequest gravatar imagebaroquequest ( 2016-03-04 19:28:02 -0500 )edit
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Yes: you're talking about making a traditional LiveUSB, which drops all changes when you reboot, and I'm talking about making a regular Fedora installation that just happens to be on a flash drive.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2016-03-05 02:28:54 -0500 )edit

Yes, but I was driven to that choice. As I said originally, SanDisk USB flash drives appear as hard drives, not removable devices. This has been discussed in SanDisk forums, with SanDisk declaring that no new firmware will be released to fix the problem (that person actually advised to buy a new USB flash drive, which I will, but not SanDisk). LiveUSB Creator cannot handle hard drives, with them not appearing in its GUI. If either SanDisk or LiveUSB Creator would make a simple change to their code, it would work, but I don't see that happening.

baroquequest gravatar imagebaroquequest ( 2016-03-05 19:39:11 -0500 )edit
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answered 2016-03-04 15:03:54 -0500

updated 2016-03-04 15:04:16 -0500

Updated live Fedora iso are on IRC at #fedora or they are here

http://alt.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/...

They are availabe for F23 and are up to date as of 3.3.2016

See also https://jbwillia.wordpress.com/2014/0...

Note: These are community maintained images

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Thanks for that link. Now I can grab the latest iso and rebuild my stick whenever I'm feeling vulnerable. By the way, I did not see a version for GNOME. There's Cinnamon, KDE, LXDE, Mate, SOAS, Work, and XFCE. Is Work the standard GNOME version? And what is SOAS?

baroquequest gravatar imagebaroquequest ( 2016-03-04 19:33:25 -0500 )edit

Work, means workstation, and is the default iso with Gnome Desktop.

SOAS is another spin called Sugar On A Stick. Check out here.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-03-05 13:12:06 -0500 )edit

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