Ubuntu Budgie Live USB with Persistence

I need to know if I can run Ubuntu Budgie on a Live USB with persistence, similar to the way Kali Linux can be configured.

For example, if I wanted to make a USB with persistence for Kali, I would just download the .iso file, create 2 empty partitions on a wiped USB (FAT32, and EXT4 labeld "persistence") and run these commands:

sudo dd if=kali-example.iso of=/dev/sdb1 bs=512k


mkdir -p /mnt/UUI
mount /dev/sdb2 /mnt/UUI 
echo "/ union" > /mnt/UUI/persistence.conf
umount /dev/sdb2 && reboot

Now Kali would be setup with persistence. Would the process be the similar for an OS like Ubuntu of Ubuntu Budgie? When I tried to boot from the USB after setting it up similar to the method above, I didn't get as many options for booting as Kali (Obviously I know Kali needs to be more resourceful in that way because of what it was built for). So how can I activate this feature or setup a usb with the Ubuntu Budgie ISO file?

  • I used the single ">". There was a typo in the post which I fixed to show the right syntax. Thanks for the spot. – user296824 Jun 24 '18 at 3:24


You can use mkusb to create a persistent live drive with Ubuntu Budgie (and with standard Ubuntu, the other Ubuntu community flavours, Debian and some re-spins and distros that have the same or similar boot structure in the iso files).

Install mkusb from a Launchpad PPA with the following commands in a terminal window,

If you run standard Ubuntu live, you need an extra instruction to get the repository Universe. (Kubuntu, Lubuntu ... Xubuntu have the repository Universe activated automatically.)

sudo add-apt-repository universe  # only for standard Ubuntu

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mkusb/ppa  # and press Enter
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mkusb mkusb-nox usb-pack-efi

See the following links for more details.




Do it yourself

The following link might be useful, if you want to make a live drive persistent manually and get in touch with the details behind the scene.


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  • Thanks for the response. The links are very helpfull and I will try this method in few minutes to see how it goes. – user296824 Jun 24 '18 at 14:55
  • @user296824, You are welcome and good luck :-) Please let us know which method you use and how it works. – sudodus Jun 24 '18 at 16:57

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