Linux is a very versatile Operating System, one of its applications I like the most, is that it may run from a USB key, first there were only a few distros able to do that, Puppy Linux or DSL were some of them, now a days, a lot can, Mandriva, Ubuntu, and more, and more each day.
You can find how to do install and run Linux from a USB key at PendriveLinux, but if you really want to let your friends amazed, get one of this amazing usb keys from La Cie. I really like how this usb keys looks, they look like any other key in your key ring.
There are some of its characteristics
- Sturdy metal key design; fits on a keyring
- Fast transfer rates (Read mode: up to 30 MB/s; write mode: up to 10MB/s)
- Ultra-mobile and lightweight
- Hot-pluggable; cross-platform compatibility
And here is how some of the models looks like:
There is also a model to use your microSD memories as USB storage devices.
Its specifications are:
Item Number : 130828 Interface : USB 2.0 (backward compatible with USB 1.1) Supported Formats : micro Secure Digital (including SDHC) Transfer rate : up to 40Mbits/s Dimensions : 62 x 30 x 11 mm / 2.4 x 1.2 x 0.4 in. System Requirements : Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Vista™ Mac OS X v10.3.5 or higher Box Content : LaCie PassKey USB extension cable Keyring
You may buy them from amazon.