I’m in the process of putting Debian on a decTOP, and the first step is putting a bootable USB thumb drive together. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, so the decTOP gives me a good excuse.
mkfs -t vfat /dev/sdc1
Your drive will probably have a different letter, maybe sda or sdb. MAKE SURE YOU ARE FORMATTING THE RIGHT DRIVE.
syslinux -f /dev/sdc1
I’ll test mine at a few public access terminals. I’m curious how easy it would be to boot from the USB drive instead of being forced to use the inevitably crippled and/or virus/spyware/malware-ridden boxes one usually finds.