Linux is getting very popular. There are many reasons for this popularity. For example, Linux is an open-source operating system and therefore you don't have to pay for it. And also when compared to other operating systems, Linux is much less prone to viruses and malware. In today's guide, we'll show you how to install Linux Lite on a USB flash drive with just a few clicks. Actually, there are plenty of different Linux distributions to choose from, but the process is the same.
You have to have a few things with you before preparing the installation media. Obviously, you need a USB flash drive and the operating system itself in ISO format. You can easily download the Linux Lite ISO file directly from its website. If you are going to use a different operating system, then you may have to visit its official website to download the ISO file. When downloading ISO files, always make sure to download them from the official website.
Other than these, we need special software to make our USB flash drive bootable. These types of softwares are called bootable USB creators and there are plenty of them to choose from. But for this guide, I am going to use a software called Etcher and I urge you to do the same. Etcher is an open-source utility software that allows you to prepare installation media easily. Etcher is based on Electron and therefore you can use it on any platform. You have to download Etcher from their website and install it on your computer.
Once Etcher is installed, the rest of the process is very easy. All you have to do is launch Etcher, plug the USB flash drive and then locate the ISO file that you've downloaded. At this stage, you have the option to select either you want a Live USB or a Bootable USB. If you select Live USB, you will have the ability to boot your computer using your USB flash drive. But if you want to install the operating system directly on your computer, then you have to go with the Bootable USB.
To start the process simply click on the "Start" button. In this process, your USB flash drive will get formatted. Therefore, make sure to backup your USB flash drive if you haven't backup it. Once the process is completed, Etcher will display you a notification and then you can safely remove the USB drive. After that, you can use this USB drive to boot your computer.