Install Kubuntu 9.04 to a Flash Drive using the CD

The following tutorial explains the process of installing Kubuntu 9.04 to a USB Flash Drive using the Ubuntu team’s USB Creator. Kubuntu is a derivative of Ubuntu that, instead of Gnome, utilizes a KDE desktop environment. This Kubuntu Flash Drive installation method does make use of the persistence feature, enabling you to save your desktop changes, settings and bookmarks and then restore those changes on each boot.

Kubuntu 9.04 Desktop Screenshot

Kubuntu 9.04 Desktop Screenshot

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Minimum Flash Drive Capacity: 1GB

Persistent Feature: Yes

Kubuntu 8.10 Live USB Creation Essentials

  • Kubuntu 9.04 CD
  • Working CD/DVD Drive
  • Working internet connection
  • 1GB USB Flash Drive

Install Kubuntu 9.04 to Flash Drive via CD:

  1. Download the Kubuntu 9.04 torrent and proceed to download the ISO using your favorite torrent client,  then burn the ISO to a CD
  2. Restart your computer, booting from the Kubuntu Live CD
  3. Once your up and running, insert a 1GB or larger USB flash drive
  4. Open a Terminal and type or copy and paste the following commands:
    • sudo su
    • apt-get install python-gnome2 usb-creator
  5. After the USB Creator has been installed, (1) Click the KDE start button, (2) From the Search box, type usb-creator, (3) Click the option USB startup Disk Creator
    Kubuntu USB Creator
  6. From the Make USB Startup Disk window, (1) Select USB disk to use, (2) Select the option Stored in reserved extra space and adjust the slider to set capacity to use, (3) Click the Make Startup Disk button:
    Kubuntu USB Creation
  7. A progress bar will appear indicating the percentage completed
  8. once the installation has finished, remove the CD, restart your computer and set your BIOS to boot from the USB device

If all goes well, you should now be booting from Kubuntu 9.04 from your USB Flash Drive, and Kubuntu should automatically save the changes you make and restore them on subsequent boots.

*Kubuntu is a product of Canonical Ltd