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:

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There is also a model to use your microSD memories as USB storage devices.

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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 Vistaâ„¢
Mac OS X v10.3.5 or higher
Box Content :  	LaCie PassKey
USB extension cable
Keyring

You may buy them from amazon.