Mandriva releases USB Flash drive Linux distribution

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Mandriva releases USB Flash drive Linux distribution

Available from mid-December.

Linux developer Mandriva has updated its operating-system-on-a-stick with the release of Mandriva Flash 2010, which includes a bootable version of the software on a USB Flash drive.

Available from mid-December, Mandriva Flash 2010 puts the latest version of Mandriva Linux onto an 8GB Flash drive, which has 6GB free for a user's own documents and files.

Mandriva describes this method of distributing the operating system as an " ideal companion for travellers", as users can take their desktop with them anywhere.

"Plug in the USB key, boot up your PC and within a handful of seconds the Mandriva Linux 2010 operating system is ready for work, listening to music or surfing the internet," the company said.

As well as being a "live" version of Linux, users can use Mandriva Flash 2010 to install the operating system onto a workstation PC with just a few clicks.

Mandriva Linux 2010 features a new Smart Desktop, which allows users to group documents and files according to "projects".

The distribution also includes Mozilla's Firefox browser and Thunderbird email client, along with Skype, Google Toolbar and the OpenOffice.org application suite.

Mandriva Flash 2010 is available from the Mandriva Store for €49.90 (£45).

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