Many computer users who are thinking about giving Linux a try find themselves stuck because they don’t know how to create a bootable USB stick. In this article, we present four best Linux USB sticks available from Amazon Store. With our selection of bootable Linux USB sticks, you can skip the part where you have to create a bootable USB stick yourself and simply boot and install Linux without touching anything on your existing operating system.
This 8 GB bootable USB stick comes with the latest version of Ubuntu Linux, which is one of the most user-friendly Linux distributions available. Ubuntu is based on Debian, inheriting its widely supported deb package format and package management tools. This ensures an abundant supply of software and excellent support from developers and fellow Ubuntu users alike.
Included with this Ubuntu 17.10 bootable USB stick is a handy installation guide with step-by-step instructions. Of course, you can also follow the official installation guide on Ubuntu’s website. Both installation guides are broken down into clear and easy-to-follow steps, and the installation process doesn’t take more than 20 minutes from start to finish even on older hardware.
Linux Mint is a community-driven version of Ubuntu that comes bundled with proprietary software and device drivers. Because Linux Mint includes everything most users need, it’s perfect for Linux newbies who would like to switch to Linux without spending multiple hours every day fixing things that should work on any modern desktop operating system right out of the box.
This bootable Linux USB stick is 8 GB large, and it includes a handy boot repair tool and an install guide. Preinstalled on the USB stick is Linux Mint Cinnamon version 18.3, which is the latest version currently available. Cinnamon is a popular desktop environment based on Gnome 3. It shares many similarities with Windows, but it does things its own way where appropriate.
Kali Linux is a Linux distribution designed for penetration testing and ethical hacking. It comes with over 600 penetration-testing programs and countless hardware drivers for all kinds of internal and external network and wireless cards. Kali Linux can be installed on a hard drive just like Ubuntu or Linux Mint, but many penetration testers and ethical hackers actually run it directly from a USB stick.
This USB stick features the latest version of Kali Linux, and it offers 16 GB of storage space. It’s important to have enough storage space available when running Kali Linux from a USB stick because otherwise you would be limited in the number of data packets you could capture.
This multiboot USB stick features—not one—but 7 different Linux distributions: Solus-2017.04.18.0-Budgie, Elementary OS 0.4.1, Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS, Linux Mint 18.02 Cinnamon, Fedora Workstation 25-1.3, Zorin 12.1 Core, and Kali Linux 2017.1.
Not all Linux distributions on the USB stick are up-to-date, but the included versions are recent enough to show you what each distribution is about, allowing you to quickly and painlessly pick the best one for you.