Below is are live mirrors of my “PSU Hacking Club” Ubuntu repos.

Generate psu-hacking.iso image & bootable media

The 'psu-hacking' disk image extends the Ubuntu LTS (18.04.x) operating system with common dependencies/software for the discerning college student.

  • Live, Persistent file storage
  • Fast: Ubuntu LTS + mkusb (casper-rw) = efficient
  • Use (almost) any hardware- take your desktop OS with you
  • Completely self sufficient: does not interact with your existing OS or other hard disks!

There are a variety of methods to setup a persistent, live OS.

Features & Software:

  • Atom editor with Chapel language support
  • R language + RStudio editor / IDE
  • Google Chrome
  • Libre Office suite
  • Common Runtimes and Compilers

Recommended Method:

For Ubuntu + PSU Hacking additions, use mkusb with the 2x USB drive method (below), and run the /scripts/ post install script:

git clone
cd iso-gen/scripts
chmod u+x && sudo ./
sudo reboot now

Visit /Disk-Speed-Testing for speed testing scripts and other info.

Visit /scripts for all install scripts and files for post install, Cubic utility, etc.

Visit /Alt-info_VBox_DD-Util for information on persistent, live environments from VBox VDI.

Make Your Own:

Thus far, the recommended way to get a persistent/live image installed is with two USB sticks:
One completely live (not persistent) Ubuntu drive, from which you can download and run the mkusb utility on the second USB stick.

Personal OS:

  • Download the official Ubuntu image here
  • Download Etcher from here
  • Use Etcher to burn Ubuntu to USB stick #1

USB stick #1:

  • Boot from the USB stick:
    • Mac hardware- hold the alt/option key when the machine turns on
    • Other hardware- hold the boot loader key (usually F12, or F2 / F10) when the machine turns on
  • Follow the Ubuntu prompts (please avoid the host hardware’s disk, do not install anything anywhere yet)

Open a terminal and copy these commands:

# get mkusb
sudo add-apt-repository universe  
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mkusb/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mkusb mkusb-nox usb-pack-efi
  • insert USB stick #2
  • Open mkusb:
    • Follow prompts, psu-hacking iso should be in directory “home”
    • Select NO for “Quick Option” on host’s disk
    • Finish the prompts, quit, shutdown

USB stick #2: - Remove drive #1 - Boot from USB stick #2: - Mac hardware- hold the alt/option key when the machine turns on - Other hardware- hold the boot loader key (usually F12, or F2 / F10) when the machine turns on - Congratulate yourself, you are done!

Building the image:

On Ubuntu LTS

Note: mkusb utility is only available for Debian/Ubuntu

About persistent live Ubuntu:

When burned into a usb stick, this OS is completely self-sufficient and compatible with most (x86-64) computers- the environment, file system, preferences, etc are saved regardless of hardware.

Note:  Cubic utility is no longer used!


Simple File Hosting

Static site built with Hugo CLI

Note, file "core_psu-hacking.iso" is omitted for size constraints- hosted site contains this file @ directory /static/static/

# on OSX
# get hugo

brew install hugo

# clone site

git clone
cd static-site

# Compile and compress public directory

zip -r public

# upload and host with sftp & ssh

> cd
> put

# new terminal window

# check your remote filesystem- the idea is:
> unzip
> rm -rf

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Also, check out the evolving PSU Hacking Club wiki here!

xD  – Jess