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Six Best Portable Operating Systems [Hive Five]

12 Apr/09

Why restrict yourself to merely carrying around your data on a thumb drive? Take your entire operating system on your flash drive with the excellent portable operating systems you’ll find inside this week’s Hive Five . Photo by Marcin Wichary . Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite portable operating system and to tell us what makes it dear to your heart. You responded with hundreds of nominations, and we’re back with the top six contenders for the title of best portable operating system . Six contenders in a Hive Five contest? Due to a tie within the top five contenders, a sixth contender has squeezed into the race. Puppy Linux Puppy Linux doesn’t require the kind of liposuction required by the meatier operating systems in the Hive Five in order to fit into a nice portable package. Weighing in at under 100MB, it can easily be loaded on everything from a CD to a USB drive with little fuss. The user interface is friendly even for a non-Linux user, and the basic tools you need for popular portable operations like partitioning and file recovery are readily available—although it’s just as great for web browsing and basic computing. We’ve already taken Puppy Linux for a walk , so check it out if you want a closer look at this friendly portable OS.


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