Make a gOS USB Flash Drive using Windows

The following tutorial explains how we created a gOS USB Flash Drive using Windows and the popular Universal USB Installer. gOS is a Debian derivative based on Ubuntu. It features a unique Enlightenment desktop window manager (similar to what is used on Mac OS X 10.5 systems). Making it a very attractive Linux package. Everex Computers offered at Walmart also often ship with this intuitive Operating System pre installed. Although the GUI takes a little getting used to, we enjoyed using gOS and think you will enjoy running it portably from a USB device as well. Its clean, simple, graphically appealing, elegant and fun to play with.

gOS running from a USB flash drive

Screenshot of gOS running from USB

Distribution Home Page: thinkgos.com

Minimum Flash Drive Capacity: 1GB

Persistent Feature: No

Essentials for creating a Portable gOS Flash Drive via Windows:

  • gOS ISO
  • Universal USB Installer
  • 1GB or larger USB flash drive (fat32 formatted)
  • A Windows host PC to perform the build

How to install gOS on a flashdrive using Windows:

Note: USB installation of gOS performs like the Live CD. Persistent features are outside the scope of this tutorial. A separate tutorial covering Portable gOS with persistence is available HERE

  1. Download and then launch the Universal USB Installer
  2. Select gOS and then follow the onscreen instructions.
  3. Reboot your PC and then select your USB device from the Boot Menu or system BIOS. Then save your changes, and boot.

If all goes well, you should now finally be running gOS from a USB flash drive.