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How to Run Ubuntu (Linux) in RAM

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Written by Daryl J.   

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Earlier I wrote an article entitled 'How to Run Linux on a Computer'. For those who did not read the original, the link is listed below. It is not my intent to repeat what I wrote before so if you like to read the original article follow the link at the bottom of this article. Now the purpose of this article is to expound on 'How to Run Linux in RAM'.

If you read the original article or you may have heard this from another source; by using a LiveCD/LiveDVD/LiveUSB (flashdrive) you can run Linux entirely from RAM. By doing this you will make your system run a bit faster. How much faster depends on how much memory that you have.

After doing some further research, I found that Linux on a harddisk-based system can also run in RAM. The method that is used to is similar to that of running a Live copy of Linux. The methods that used to accomplish this I cannot share with you at this time because I have not personally tried this, but it is my intention to direct you to the websites where I was able to find this information.

As a user of Ubuntu 9.10, naturally I first looked at the documentation online. What I was able to come up with was in a Ubuntu wiki. The author stated that he was able to achieve this take using Ubuntu 9.04. Whether or not it will work with later is not known to me. Here is the link to the wiki if you would like to read and see if it is something that you can accomplish yourself: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BootToRAM. My advice, as always, do not click on the preceding hyperlink, but cut and paste it into the address box.

This next “How-To” that I found on the subject was for those users of the gentoo Linux distribution.

Her is the URL if you wish to check this one out also: http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-296892-highlight-ramdisk+copy.html. As mentioned above do not click on the hyperlink, cut and paste into the address box. As for the information contained in the article in the gentoo forum I cannot guarantee that it will work for you. This article is only directing the reader to more information, based on the further research that I have done.

Additional information can be found by searching at your favorite search engine site. I went to my favorite search engine and there were over 10 million listings. I hope then that this further information will be helpful to you.

The original article is at: http://www.bukisa.com/articles/191951_how-to-run-linux-on-your-computer.

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Freelancer said:

Thanks for this. Ubuntu is so much easier to use and with out the ha*sles of Windows.
December 07, 2009
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Carl Benjamin said:

Carl Benjamin
I can see where this would be very helpful
January 06, 2011
Votes: +0

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