Day 3

I give up trying to get Kodachi 6.1 on any permanent USB installation, other than a ‘Live’ USB (with or without Persistence). Anyway, it is so fast on SSD that I’ve done some more work trying to get it into a smaller package than the USB to SATA Docking Stations, the SSDa USB cable, and the dock’s electric adapter – then whatever container/bag to hold the items. Package is now down to being a little bigger than a cigarette pack. The SSD and a USB 3.0 to 2.5″ SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable with UASP placed into a 2.5″ IDE SATA HDD Storage Protection Box (I store my spares and backup SSD’s in these boxes…holds 2).

 

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That’s a 62GB ADATA USB at bottom…here’s cable and SSD connected & ready to plug into Desktop/Laptop 3.0 USB port:

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Here’s the portable package…

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I may end up bringing the BionicPup Linux back out and see how it works with my new laptop – I know it works on all my other computers (on USB), but will see how it does on ‘Ace’. Puppy Linux can fit on a small ‘Thumb Drive’ and I believe that would fit into the storage box along with the SSD and cable – i.e. a ‘Portable SSD Package’ with BionicPup as backup.

 

Day 2

(See Day 1 results below) Warith Al Maawali has announced the release of Linux Kodachi 6.1 – looks like the kernel was upgraded from 4.19 to 5.0 and some other changes and/or fixes. I tried to install Kodachi 6.1 on different USB flash drives yesterday – 3.0 and 2.0, several different Adata, two different SanDisk, two different PNY, and two different DataTravelers. Most attempts took over 2 hours (one failed after 3 ½ hours – some I stopped after an hour), and they either failed or I stopped them or Kodachi wouldn’t work after being installed on them. The ‘Live’ USB versions (including both Persistence and non-Persistence) all worked fine (several USB’s were tested), and I finally settled on the YUMI – Multiboot USB Creator (no Persistence was added) to install from. Today I will try installing on SSD and an old 32GB MicroSD. Kodachi 6.0-64 version installed fine to USB’s in previous tests – see the ‘Kodachi on USB’ post. I have also added a ‘Kodachi Linux’ Page, in the Page section just below the Posts section. I will not do much editing to the “Day 1” results that are listed below – I may include some pics of the Universal USB Installer (UUI) creating a ‘Live’ USB with Persistence added, in case anyone is interested in that handy method of testing ‘Live’ USB’s (you can save sessions that way). It is scattered and incomplete because of the many tests I went thru yesterday, and I simply don’t want to spend more time editing it. I devote so much time to Kodachi because it is such a powerful and unusual Linux Distro, and in most cases seems suitably for a wide range of users – from experts to newbies to the security conscious users, IMHO.

OK…today I tried one more time to install to USB; however, this time I used my main computer and also used Rufus USB creator to create the ‘Live’ Kodachi USB. Took almost 2 ½ hours, and wouldn’t boot all the way. Other than the ‘Live’ USB’s, I haven’t been able to get any USB installations to work in this 6.1 version of Kodachi.

The MicroSD went well, Kodachi installed in 1 ¼ hours, then booted and automatically rebooted like it should, and it worked fine on two PC’s but not the new laptop. Not working on my new laptop (‘Ace’) gave it a failing grade plus a reformatting.

Kodachi 6.1 seemed made for SSD installation! It would not install “Alongside Mint” so I took out a spare SSD (one of the spares from MX Linux failures – BTW, Kodachi 6.1 is now tied with MX Linux in my #3 Distro spot…fortunately for MX, it installs fine to USB, and Kodachi 6.1 doesn’t). Kodachi 6.1 installed in less than 8 minutes to the 120GB SSD.

Preparing to install…”Offline” or “Online”…I was wired connected thru Ethernet.

I selected English…

English keyboard (US)…

Install “third-party software” next…

It would not install “Alongside Mint” SSD, so I went with a spare SSD…Erase and Install…

This was on the MicroSD installation, using an old 32GB chip…

Here is the 120GB SSD installation…will select “Install Now”…

PopUp asks permission to make changes…select “Continue”

Where are you? New York time zone selected…

Next comes user name and password…Who are you? 1) do *NOT* change user name “kodachi” during installation. 2) *USE* their password – r@@t00 (that’s with double zero’s)…you can change user name and password after installation…

Welcome to Linux Kodachi … auto portion of installation begins…

It booted up perfectly after installation, and automatically rebooted again. I have never seen Kodachi move so fast on the desktop – even the browsers moved fast, the bookmarks installed fast…Kodachi 6.1 is very fast on SSD! It would have that Top 3 Spot all to itself, if it could’ve worked on a USB, but a tie isn’t too bad when considering how fast Kodachi 6.1 is on SSD, and also how well it did on some other tests today.

OK…let’s see if this new Kodachi 6.1 SSD install can be ‘Portable’ even in a bigger package than USB. Using a 2.0 USB to SATA Docking Station connected to test PC ‘Rose’ Kodachi 6.1 still worked fine. Connected the same 2.0 USB to SATA Docking Station to new laptop ‘Ace’ and Kodachi 6.1 worked great (Note: had to change BIOS setting from UEFI to Legacy in order to get the laptop to recognize the Docking Station & SSD).

That was Kodachi 6.1 working on a Desktop and a Laptop, whilst using a 2.0 USB to SATA Docking Station for the Kodachi 6.1 SSD. Let’s try that same SSD in a 3.0 USB to SATA Docking Station that is connected to my main PC computer (‘Antec’ Jr.), but first remove WIN10 SSD and Backup SSD from their 5.25in Trayless Hot Swap Mobile Racks to avoid corrupting them. The Trayless Racks are not portable, but these USB to SATA Docking Stations are not bad and only require a USB cable plus their electric adapter (certainly bigger that a USB, but still portable). Booted right into Kodachi 6.1 with no problems, other than having to change left and right mouse buttons since I use different wireless mice (or combos) on each computer. Recognized USB attached printer, and automatically installed/found right driver.

May test same Kodachi 6.1 SSD on an old test computer tomorrow…just to see if this Kodachi 6.1 installation can be used on 4 different computers (3 PC’s and 1 laptop) – great sign for portability even if package is bigger than a USB. Still, 6.1 worked great on 2 PC’s and a laptop today plus being much faster on SSD than the USB. The ‘Live’ USB MX Linux would not work on my laptop, which is a strike against its portability – even in a small USB package. UPDATE: Just finished testing an old 2006 build – same 2006 MB, but its had memory and processor upgrades over the years. The Kodachi 6.1 SSD worked great – different wireless Logitech mouse/keyboard combo, but must’ve had same drivers since no button change was needed. 3 Desktops and 1 Laptop – that’s a ‘Portable‘ OS!

 

Day 1

Reflecting on Kodachi 6.0 – Apps and/or programs are fast and snappy – with the exception of internet use, of course, since it offers several VPN’s (virtual private networks), plus TOR Tools (e.g. “Torify entire system”), web browsers from a Kodachi browser to a TOR browser to “Direct VPN” Firefox browser and something called the Sphere Tor Browser, DNS tools, security apps, and a bunch of other stuff I know nothing to very little about…all that security stuff is in place and setup for use already. Security will slow your internet connection down.

This is my 3rd post that focuses on Kodachi, so I’ll add a Kodachi Page in the blog’s ‘Page’ section just below the post section – Kodachi Linux page.

Downloaded the 2.9 GB new 6.1 Kodachi ISO this morning, and installed the ‘Live’ version to a USB using the YUMI – Multiboot USB Creator – i.e. no Persistence was added.

The Universal USB Installer (UUI) offers the ability to install Persistence. Here’s a Persistence info pic:

They also note that using Persistence is not recommended if you’re looking for full security performance:

Whichever way you go – YUMI or UUI or other USB creator – *Make Sure* Fat32 gets selected, and I usually set the Persistence bar to around 3GB on the slider (when I use it). Also, when booting the ‘Live’ USB remember to select the ‘Kodachi in Persistence mode’ selection if you installed it. Persistence allows you to store your changes in Kodachi flash memory in ‘Live’ mode, in case you plan to spend time testing before installing.

Here’s the UUI Persistence process in pics…

Select Kodachi from the Distro dropdown menu…

Select your already downloaded Kodachi iso…

Select USB, make sure Fat32 is selected, and set the Persistent file size – 4GB is max for auto and I usually set slider at around 3GB…then click “Create” and UUI will do the rest…

Installation ‘Hints’: Some things to remember before installation – 1) do *NOT* change user name “kodachi” during installation. 2) *USE* their password – r@@t00 (that’s with double zero’s) – when filling in the “Who are you?” section. 3) There are *TWO* install icons offered on the desktop – ‘Install Offline’ and a ‘Install Online’(I’m doing Online w/ install of 3rd party software also…Note: even when you use wired Ethernet connection, and select “Install Online” the install programs if you want to connect to Wi-Fi when been offered 3rd party software selection!?! – confusing!?!) – I have installed the 6.0-64 version several times, and it took me forever to get it installed the 1rst time (see: Kodachi ‘n TOR post). Today (on Kodachi 6.1-64), I missed the Online or Offline selection, and it didn’t install right (was also using old 2.0 USB’s – *UPDATE* looks like 2.0 USB was just too slow). It’s not a hard install, but I end up missing stuff that causes problems later. Follow Kodachi 6.1 web pages closely!

OK…still installing. Not sure what happened with 1rst attempt, but I took a nap after 2 hours and it looked like nothing much had happened when I woke (other than a green installing bar was gone)…which was a total of 3 ½ hours at that point. Am on the 2nd try now, using 3.0 USB’s this time, and it’s now into “Scanning the mirror” and retrieving more files after 1 ½ hours, so far. I almost had gave up again, when I noticed a dropdown section move, so it’s slow but looking better this time with the 3.0 USB’s. Another green bar showed up soon after it moved into this phase. I’ve had faster installs w/ Kodachi 6.0 – especially to HDD and SSD, but Kodachi is really made for ‘Live’ USB or installed to a USB (or at least 6.0 was), IMHO. Finally, 2 ¼ hours! (Update – that one didn’t work either.)

CPU usage was intensive during some attempts (and even afterwards – don’t ask) to install on USB (UPDATE 2 – I was wrong on that info, i.e. I was looking at the wrong CPU gauge area – installation was covering actual CPU info area, which was showing normal percentage activity when the top animation gauge was showing 100% activity.  Update 1 – CPU usage was normal on the successful SSD attempt and normal on the MicroSD attempt that is still in progress).