Author Topic: Can anyone create a modern live persistent Linux USB for RetroFE usage?  (Read 576 times)

Pieter Hulshoff

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I've been trying to get a persistent Linux USB working with Xubuntu 18.04, but I've been unsuccessful so far. It's either invisible in protected UEFI mode or the persistency doesn't work. I've been hoping to set something like that up to create a portable bootable RetroFE installation on a USB. Is anyone interested in giving me a hand on this?


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Re: Can anyone create a modern live persistent Linux USB for RetroFE usage?
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2018, 05:14:27 PM »
Hi Pieter,

I needed to test my theme under Linux, so I decided to see if I could get this working as well.  I'm not 100% if this is what you are looking for, but I followed step 3 "Create The Persistent Xubuntu USB Drive Using Universal USB Installer" form here:

I used xubuntu-18.04-desktop-amd64.iso with the Universal USB Installer and setup a 4GB casper-rw file. My grub.cfg looks like this:

set timeout=1
menuentry "RetroFE" {
   set gfxpayload=keep
   linux   /casper/vmlinuz  file=/cdrom/preseed/xubuntu.seed cdrom-detect/try-usb=true noprompt floppy.allowed_drive_mask=0 ignore_uuid boot=casper quiet splash persistent ---
   initrd   /casper/initrd.lz

After getting the bootable USB going, I installed the dependencies listed in the documentation for RetroFE. The Linux binary from the current RetroFE download worked like a charm.  :) 

Hope this is helpful.  Thanks!