Just a quick note on the mepis-system (8.5.00) to 8.5.01 update today.
I have updated mepis-system.
By default, an 8.5 type usb key will be formatted regular FAT 32, which is fast to format, but may not boot with older BIOSes.
A checkbox enables a Zip format, which is recommended by Peter Anvin, and should work with almost any BIOS. But the format process is very slow.
I have automated the discovery of a changed partition table, so removing and reinserting the key should by unnecessary.
I've checked and it works perfectly - very quick too.
Menu > Settings > Mepis System Assistant > MEPIS USB Key
I love the fact you can point it to an iso on your hard-drive now rather than having to use a live-cd.
Nice tool - thanks Warren