a follow up from my previous post. I can't link directly to the original post on the main 'school-it' list b/c it requires viewer to be logged in, so here is the text edited a bit for brevity. R. via ACTEM:Assoc. of Computer Technology Educators of Maine http://lists.maine.edu "... Through the magic of Linux one can put an entire "usable" OS on a Thumbdrive complete with word processing programs, multimedia programs, spreadsheets....etc. and more. And it's actually quite easy! The SLAX one was easy to create....you download the ISO file from SLAX and then use another program called MySLAX Creator (Windows program) to copy the necessary bits for SLAX over to a USB thumbdrive. Very easy. OR....my personal favorite is Puppy Linux. You simply download the ISO...burn the CD (it's a Live Linux CD)....boot your computer using the CD (remember Live CD"s run entirely from the CD....they don't harm your system at all)....then in the Start Menu...there is an item called "Setup" and in there is an item for installing to a USB thumbdrive....just follow the prompts. The cool thing is ...once you boot one up you can make changes and customize and then simply clone the USB thumbdrive to many others with all the new settings. David N. Trask Technology Teacher/Director Vassalboro Community School"