Today I was going try to put Ubuntu onto a flash card to see what it looks like on the notebook. I must really really hate Moicrosoft to put myself throug this. Have you seen the LiveUsbPendrivePersistent wiki page? Talk about a challenge
I found from the bottom of that page another way to do that looked easier. I strongly recommend using cut and paste to copy the commands into the terminal. I now have all I should on the pen drive - all except lilo which means it will not boot.
I wonder how long I will keep at this before I give up