Friday, July 16, 2010

Run Linux applications on any distribution from a USB drive

Ever wanted to run your favorite Linux applications from a USB sticks on ANY major Linux distribution with the need to install anything? Then prepare to say hello to Portable Linux Applications.

The Portable Linux Apps project provides self contained application similar to the way OS X application are distributed. To execute just launch the application container from any locations, and when you done with the application (as in I don't need it anymore) just trash it. This is one of the biggest features I love about OS X.

You can now have your portable Windows  and Linux applications on a single USB stick or memory card. Your data and applications always with you. What would be nice is a way to figure out how to make the settings files shared, for example have your Firefox profile accessible by both the windows and Linux versions.

Portable Linux Apps available to download now include:
  • WireShark
  • Pidgin
  • Midori Web Browser
  • XChat IRC Client
  • Transmission torrent app
  • SpiderOak online backup tool
  • Blender
  • Handbrake

There are plenty more and, and creating your own 'AppImage' is made simple thanks to the ImageAppAssitant.


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