USB key was formatted FAT32
INSTALL from live CD: USB key was partitioned
Then I had to wait a long time, then everything stopped, and absolutely nothing was on the USB key
how formatting to ext3 would solve the problem is a tiny mystery for me...
On distrowatch, I tried to promote the excellent Indiana PCLOS (=Granular), but few people seem to react. I hope the Granular guys won't give up.