Tried to use the latest Knoppix and running into lots of issues. It can't seem to decide whether it's systemd or SysV init based, and simple things like restarting the network after a config change seem to be a major challenge.

So I'm looking for an alternative that comes pre-built with UnionFS, allowing a R/W overlay when booting from a USB thumb drive.


Both Mint and Ubuntu can do persistence. Or even be installed directly to USB w/ boot loader written to USB.

I prefer Mint - Ubuntu made me upset with some changes a few versions ago... Here's how to do persistence on Mint - https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=229086

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