I'm looking for a Linux distribution that I can run from USB that works on almost every computer that I will encounter. I need this because I repair computers and want to run all kinds of tools. I want it to run on:
- IA-32 (32 bit) and x86-64 (64 bit) processors
- BIOS and UEFI computers
- PC and Mac (after they switched to Intel)
UEFI computers normally have a BIOS compatibility mode, but, if I understood it correctly, Mac computers don't have this. I have here temporarily an iMac from Mid 2010 on which I have tested. The boot option
nomodeset seems to be required to prevent a black screen when running Linux on this Mac.
I've looked at:
- Slax - works nice, but no UEFI support
- Lubuntu - works, but no UEFI on 32 bit version, so I would need two USB flash drives to cover all requirements, which is not ideal. Also not really made for running from USB (persistence options).
- Knoppix - When running on a Mac, it makes the startup sound, but the screen goes to black before I can enter boot options.
- antiX - Update: seems to work, check my own answer
Is there any distro that satisfies all requirements?