Posts Tagged ‘open source’

Bootable Live Linux distribution on Thumb drive

August 15th, 2009 9 comments

Many of my friends wanted to try Linux, but they were afraid about messing up the existing partitions on their hard drives. If you have a flash drive with atleast 1GB free space, here is a no risk program !

In my previous post about installing Linux on flash drive we discussed only about Ubuntu Linux. What if we want to try other flavors of Linux? Here comes UNetbootin. It’s a free software which could make your favorite Linux distribution to boot from a thumb drive.

You can either select an ISO image already downloaded or if you are having internet connection then can download Linux distro of your choice from the list of  distributions.


No need to format your thumb drive in ext2/ext3. It’s a great advantage, that you could still use files in thumb drive on Windows. UNetbootin copies all the necessary files and makes it bootable.


We need to change boot order in BIOS : First boot device –> USB HardDisk

UNetbootin is an open source project hosted at



  • Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista, or Linux. If you are having trouble with the Linux version, try the Windows version, it usually works better.
  • A broadband internet connection to download the distribution’s .iso file (unless you’re using pre-downloaded files)

Download UNetbootin for Linux

Download UNetbootin for Windows.

More Information here

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Install Linux from Windows at ease

February 6th, 2009 1 comment

Many of my friends wanted to try Linux on their systems, but they don’t want to mess up with the Redmond giant. If you have some spare hard disk space here is the solution.


Wubi is an officially supported Ubuntu installer for Windows users that can bring you to the Linux world with a single click. It allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other Windows application, in a simple and safe way.
No need to burn a CD. Just run the installer, enter a password for the new account, and click "Install", and when you are back, Ubuntu will be ready for you.
You keep Windows as it is, Wubi only adds an extra option to boot into Ubuntu. Wubi does not require you to modify the partitions of your PC, or to use a different boot loader, and does not install special drivers. It works just like any other application. It is spyware and malware free, and being open source, anyone can verify that.
It keeps most of the files in one folder, and if you do not like it, you can simply uninstall it as any other application.


  • 256 MB memory
  • 5 GB hard disk space
  • Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista

Download Link

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ClamWin Portable : Free Antivirus

February 4th, 2009 No comments


ClamWin is a Free Antivirus program for Microsoft Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003 and Vista.
It comes with an open source code. You may download and use it absolutely free of charge.
Nowadays worms and viruses are spreading at a faster rate, as i said in my previous post about Conficker virus.

ClamWin Portable is the popular ClamWin antivirus packaged as a portable app, so you can take your antivirus with you to scan files on the go. You can place it on your USB flash drive, iPod, portable hard drive or a CD and use it on any computer, without leaving any personal information behind.Carry it on your pen drive to remove virus from infected systems.

ClamWin Free Antivirus does not include an on-access real-time scanner, that is, you need to manually scan a file in order to detect a virus or spyware.

Download ClamWin portable from Sourceforge

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