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Apps with 'Portable Linux' feature

  1. FreeCAD icon
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    98 alternatives to FreeCAD 

    FreeCAD is a general purpose parametric 3D CAD modeler. The development is completely Open Source (LGPL License). FreeCAD is aimed directly at mechanical engineering and product design but also fits in a wider range of uses around engineering, such as architecture or other...

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    1.  Parametric ModelingFreeCAD can change the shape of model geometry as soon as the dimension value is modified.
    2.  Procedural ModelingFreeCAD can create or modify 3D models and textures based on a sequence of rules.
    3.  PortableFreeCAD can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  2. UNetbootin icon
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
    49 alternatives to UNetbootin 

    UNetbootin (Universal Netboot Installer) is a cross-platform utility that can load Linux and other distributions to a partition or USB drive. It loads distributions either by downloading listed Linux and BSD like distributions, a variety of system utilities and rescue disks ISO...

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    1.  PortableUNetbootin can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  3. Cygwin icon
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Shell
    • Windows
    30 alternatives to Cygwin 

    Cygwin is a Unix-like environment and command-line interface for Microsoft Windows. Cygwin provides native integration of Windows-based applications, data, and other system resources with applications, software tools, and data of the Unix-like environment.

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  4. Universal USB Installer is a Live Linux USB Creator that allows you to choose from a selection of Linux Distributions to put on your USB Flash Drive. The Universal USB Installer is easy to use. Simply choose a Live Linux Distribution, the ISO file, your Flash Drive and, Click...

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    1.  PortableUniversal USB Installer can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  5. Plasma Mobile turns your phone into a fully open hacking device, just like a PC. You can join us to start building new mobile experiences now.

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  6. LiLi USB Creator is a free software for Windows that allows you to create a bootable Live USB key with a Linux on it.

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    Discontinued

    The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 2.9.4, released in September 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website. The project has officially been abandonned on December, 22nd 2020 (announcement on their blog).

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  7. Darik's Boot and Nuke icon

    Dariks Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency...

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    1.  PortableDarik's Boot and Nuke can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    Discontinued

    DBAN was last updated in June 2015 and does not support SSDs (SATA Secure Erase). The official website is now pushing users to use Blancco Drive Eraser, a commercial drive wiping tool.

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  8. Knoppix is an operating system based on Debian designed to be run directly from a CD / DVD (Live CD) or a USB key (Live USB), one of the first of its kind for any operating system. When starting a program, it is loaded from the removable medium and decompressed into a RAM drive.

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    1.  Privacy focusedKnoppix is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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  9. SliTaz is a free operating system, working completely in RAM and booting from removable media such as a CD-ROM or USB key. SliTaz is distributed as a LiveCD, and weighs less than 40MB. The system is quick and responsive, clean and robust.

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    1.  LightweightSliTaz consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  PortableSliTaz can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  10. Ubports icon
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    46 alternatives to Ubports 

    Ubuntu Touch is made and maintained by UBports. It is a free and open source mobile OS for you! Meanwhile we care about your privacy and freedom.

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  11. Levinux icon
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    8 alternatives to Levinux 

    Levinux – A Tiny Version of Linux for Education

    Levinux (download ~20 MB) is a tiny virtual Linux server that runs from USB or Dropbox with a double-click (no install or admin rights required) on Macs, Windows or Linux PCs—making it the perfect learning environment, and way to r.

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    1.  PortableLevinux can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    What does Levinux look like?

When you double-click the launch script, a black window that looks much like this will pop up. The first time you run Levinux, it will “inflate” by hitting a software repository to pull down a webserver and an SSH server. You need an Internet connection and not-too-restrictive firewall for this to work correctly.
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  12. Phosh icon
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Linux Mobile
    • GNOME
    25 alternatives to Phosh 

    Phosh is a pure Wayland shell for GNOME on mobile devices like the Purism Librem 5.

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  13. Porteus is a complete linux operating system that is optimized to run from CD, USB flash drive, hard drive, or other bootable storage media. It's small (under 300Mb) and insanely fast which allows you to start up and get online while most other operating systems are left...

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    1.  LightweightPorteus consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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  14. Andronix icon
    4 alternatives to Andronix 

    Linux on android without root; Kali, Parrot, KDE etc.

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  15. This site was created to help sort through the many LiveCDs available. It currently tracks LiveCDs, LiveDVDs, and LiveUSB operating systems.

    If you see anything that needs to be updated or changed, please email me at nick@frozentech.com.

    -Nick

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    Discontinued

    Last update is from mid-2017.

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