[Technical tips] How to Install Linux (Debian) from USB flash drive

April 18, 2022

This article will show you how to install Linux (Debian) from a USB flash drive. Linux is a type of operating system that features open-source software, which makes it a popular choice for developers.


Bootable USB Installation Program

There are tons of free bootable USB installation programs you can get online, and they will enable you to install and run the Linux OS from your chosen flash drive quickly. Here’s a list you can download free of charge:

  • ☑ Rufus
  • ☑ UNetbootin
  • ☑ Universal USB Installer
  • ☑ Gnome Disk Utility
  • ☑ Yumi Multi Boot

This article will use Rufus to show you how to install Linux from a USB.


Before you begin with the installation, perform a check and ensure you have the following:

  • An installation media (USB drive of 4 GB or more).
  • Download Linux installation image ISO file, for instance Debian installation ISO: here.
  • Download Rufus from

We will be using the VDX3-6754 to be the target device in this section.

Install Linux (Debian) from USB flash drive

The steps to install Linux from USB flash drive:

  • Run Rufus under Windows PC.
  • Rufus settings:
    1. Device: select the USB flash drive for installing Linux
    2. Boot selection: Disk or ISO image, click SELECT and select the Linux installation image ISO file
    3. Partition scheme: MBR
    4. Target system: BIOS
    5. Click START.
    How to Install Linux
  • Boot up the VDX3-6754 from the USB flash drive and start to install.

Main features of VDX3-6754:

  • DM&P SoC Vortex86DX3- 1GHz
  • 1GB / 2GB DDR3 onboard
  • 4S / 2U / VGA / LCD / LVDS / LAN / LPT / Audio / 16GPIO / SATA
  • Operation Temperature: -20 ~ +70°C / -40 ~ +85°C (Optional)


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