I have seen https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LiveUsbPendrivePersistent but it's a mess.
What methods support persistent drivers as well as files and settings and don't screw up lifespan of the flash drive?
I'd like to see your personal recommendations on say, Portable Linux, USB Creator, Remastersys + Unetbootin, etc
I have a Inspiron 1525 that's hard drive has been slowly dying. I want to switch to a live USB/CD/DVD system until I can get it repaired but my laptops internal wifi device requires a network connection by another means for Xubuntu to let it work, and then I have to enter my Wifi key again, and THEN I have to reinstall Skype etc... I'd be damned every time I have to shut the laptop down.
I'm ok with making a shell script for installing apps and copying settings as required but a good persistent install should make this old hat and slow and it doesn't take care of drivers.
The last time I tried making an ISO with Remastersys it didn't seem to copy all the required settings.