I know that SSD harddrives are much (and I say much) faster than traditional mechanical harddisks.
So I was wondering myself a USB stick is also an SSD drive.
Will PClinuxOS boot faster on a USB stick rather than a harddrive?
USB sticks vary wildly
in quality. Over USB 2.0, I find I get much better perceived
performance from an old 20 GB mechanical HDD than I do from any flash-based installs I've tried (and I find the mechanical HDD, even over USB, handle swap
partitions well). I'm running my wife's EeePC 701 from a 16 GB SD card, but no swap
in RAM (bumped it to 2 GB), logging turn off...anything to reduce writing to the device helps improve performance...
Now, LiveUSB is phenomenal! No size issues...the design inherently preclude writing to the media anyway, basically, it's just a win-win all around!