RUNNING PORTABLE APPS FROM PENDRIVE IN LINUX
If you copy your portable apps to a pendrive as it comes from the shop, and then attempt to run
them, it won't work in Linux. This is because the drives are usually formatted for Windows
(using the Fat32 or NTFS file system).
To run a program from a pendrive in Linux, it needs to be previously formatted for Linux, using
a file system such as ext2, ext3, ext4, etc.
In Linux Mint 16 (Cinnamon), this is very easy, using the program "USB Stick Formatter" that you
will find in the menus. My advice is to REMOVE ALL EXTERNAL HDs, AND ALL OTHER
PENDRIVES THAT YOU DO NOT WANT TO FORMAT from their USB slots first. That way you will
avoid confusion and accidents. Then action the "USB Stick Formatter":
Make sure you choose the right drive here!
Before doing the formatting, the USB Stick Formatter app needs to dismount the pendrive, and it is not mounted again at the end.
So take your newly formatted pendrive out of the slot, and put it back in again to mount it.
This is what you will see:
If you right click on the USB Stick device on the left and choose "Properties", it will show you this:
And if you now choose the "Permissions" tab, you will get:
If you intend to use your pendrive as a portable device, perhaps even employing it on another machine or other person's Linux, these permissions are clearly
In view of the message at the bottom telling you that you "are not the owner" (cheeky so-and-so's), what can you do?
ACHIEVING READ/WRITE PERMISSION FOR ALL USERS
Have no fear, it is quite easy.
Now just change the permissions for all users to "Create and delete files", and you're done:
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