Linux USB Distro for Workshops

Each time I am giving a course, I have to assure that all software is installed and in running order. Beside this, kids or teachers would need to reinstall everything on their home computer later on. This can be frustrating, if something does not work with the installation procedures.

As a consequence I sat down and created this Distro based on Linux MX, a Linux Distro perfect to run on slow a computer or to boot it from Usb sticks.

The USB stick however should be USB 3 with a high reading speed.

DS Workshops contains the software that is needed for all the workshops I developed. Furthermore, I added additional and supporting software such as Gimp and Inkscape.

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Installation guide


  • USB Stick (Sandisk Ultra Fit 3.1 Flash 32GB recommended)
  • Laptop/PC with Linux, Windows or Mac


  • Distro img file (gzip archive)
  • Flashing Images to USB Software (BalenaEtcher)


  1. Download iso image: DS Workshops r240314
  2. Use BalenaEtcher >> Select iso file, then USB Drive
  3. Boot your computer, while holding down e.g. the F12 Key (Depend on Computer) in order to enter the Boot Menu. Select your USB Stick.

    To test, if all went down well, we will change the Desktop background image and restart.

  4. Right-click to open a pop-up menu and select Desktop settings.

  5. Change the background by selecting a new image.

  6. Restart your computer.

    Do not forget to press the F12-Button on your computer, so you boot from USB again.

  7. Boot your operating system on this option, and check if your background image changed 😉

Release notes:


  • Setup Geany IDE for Python Development
  • Add panel icon for Prusa Slicer
  • Add Godot Engine, Slack, Zoom
  • Optional persistent (writable) Setting


  • Basic installation