I'm trying to create a bootable, persistent Linux OS that I can run off a USB flash drive but I'm having no luck. I made a bootable Mint USB with no problem, and I booted into it. Seemed flawless up to that point. I worked for maybe a minute in the OS, connected to a wireless network, opened a folder, etc., and then the mouse just froze. And then the keyboard too. I rebooted and got the same behavior. After lots of googling, I couldn't find an answer so I decided to try a different OS.
I went through the same procedure with Ubuntu and eventually booted into the OS and had the same problem. Seemed to work fine for a minute or so and then it just froze. I tried different USB ports for the mouse, unplugging/replugging, but nothing worked.
Maybe it was a dumb idea to try Ubuntu, since I believe Mint is based on Ubuntu, but I'm looking for an OS that is solid, stable, and relatively user-friendly. (I have some Linux experience but am by no means an expert.)
Can anyone suggest ways I might try to realize my goal of having a bootable and persistent Linux environment on USB? Has anyone experienced this lockup problem before? Or maybe you have a recommendation for a different distro I should try that would be comparable to Mint/Ubuntu in terms of ease/usability (but not bloated).
I'm using a Dell XPS 15 9560 and a brand new SanDisk Cruzer 64GB flash drive. Thanks.