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For a while I tried to use the XFCE Spin from Fedora as an alternative to continue on GNU/Linux and keep the corporate laptop without changes in your default settings. Upset with the performance of the Live ISO, I decided to do the OS installation directly on the USB stick. The difference, at performance at all, is impressive.
If like me, you do want to have a distro ready to allow you keep working even on a PC other than your own, forget the LIVE versions and install the OS directly on the USB stick. Works like a glove, you will have better impression and will get a better user experience than with the previous option.
The only problem I had was that during this process I discovered what might be a bug in the E6420 Latitude models of Dell: If you disable the hard disk through the BIOS your CD/DVD won’t be able to perform a boot, so it only will be possible from an USB. The strange thing is that only just enabling the hard disk makes the CD/DVD be able to dispatch the boot again. In these situations I like to turn off the hard disk to prevent any unwanted change during the install.
The installation was finally done with two USB sticks: on the first of them I installed a LIVE version, I did the boot with the two USB drives connected and after the whole boot process I used the icon “Install on Hard Disk” to install the OS on the second USB stick. With everything working OK, I enabled the hard disk in BIOS again.
The laptop will keep the programs and settings within the corporate standards and I’m able to work happily in an OS I’m more productive.
See you! :-).