Users should be warned when using a non-persistent installation

Bug #1638156 reported by Dan Sandberg on 2016-11-01
This bug affects 1 person
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casper (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Users should be given a warning when using a non-persistent "Try Ubuntu" USB stick.

I had about eight hours of work thrown away because I started doing work on a Ubuntu USB stick and didn't realize it wasn't persistent until I rebooted and my work was gone. I'm an experienced software developer -- if it could happen to me, it would definitely happen to the average user.

The problem is that with every normal OS setup a user has ever used (Windows, MacOSX, ...) when you save a file to "disk", the change is persistent. Because of this the expectation, even when booting from a USB key, is that changes will be persistent.

A warning dialog box on boot, and/or a warning wall-paper would help prevent others from losing hours as I did.

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