Live USBs and GUIs

Its beta time on the Ubuntu release schedule again and I am back to making a Live USB of the Intrepid beta. This time however, I decide to take a different approach than the one I usually take — described here. So, how about making Live UBSs in an automated fashion?? Well thats what this post is all about ::
For Ubuntu users there are currently 2 options availabe ::

This is the one I originally intended to use. However when I found the second one I decided against it. However this one is a good tool in its own right. Key features include :

  • Detects available USB sticks (using HAL)
  • Partitions USB stick with 1 partition
  • Sets partition bootable
  • Writes MBR to USB stick
  • Formats partition FAT32
  • Installs bootloader (syslinux) to partition
  • Writes bootloader configuration file
  • Copies necessary files from running Live CD to USB stick
  • Sets language and keyboard of USB Live system to match running Live CD
  • Optionally: Downloads and integrates Adobe Flash Player (extra feature)
  • Optionally: Enables persistent home (Intrepid and later only; currently broken)

However, it is recommended that you use this when you are in the Live environment itself. This kinda makes the idea of this tool feel a bit awkward for me. I mean, I make live usbs to avoid burning CDs. If I have to burn CDs as it is, the whole point is lost. Anyways, Linux always has other options.

This is the tool that I did end up using finally. It provided all the features that the first utility provided ( except the flash player one – however that can be done when u are in persistant mode) plus it gives you persistance and the option of making the live usb through an existing installation or from a live environment.

Plus it directly accepts a CD or an iso image as input. The live usb I created is working quite well so far. Btw, this tool is now officially included in Intrepid.

  • Fedora 10

And against my usual practices I am also mentioning the tool for Fedora. Looks like this is being actively developed as well. It also includes a Windows executable. For more info take a look here.

PS :: Looks like the post count just hit 50 — half century. Time to celebrate 😛


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5 Responses to “Live USBs and GUIs”

  1. mayur Says:

    Well, I tried such a tool few months ago. I think it is the same as the first tool you mentioned. it did create a live usb, but had a problem. The liveusb didn’t work on ANY OTHER pc than mine. Later on I just gave up the idea of a liveusb. I might try out the second tool you mentioned now.

  2. Vedang Says:

    i dont know why people get into all this Beta fuss… I’m happy with Hardy, and I’m happy to wait till Intrepid officially releases… ugaach jhanjhat kashala?
    On another note, congrats on the 50th post! can we hope for another landmark, like 75th or 100th post, before the end of the year? 😀

  3. CDK Says:

    @mayur::tested the liveusb created by the second tool on another pc…works well…

    @vedang:: beta coz this bug

    in hardy is irritating me….solved it for the laptop using proper cycles etc but for the desktop it aint help….also tried compiling from source but the gnome dependencies are impossible….solved them…but it seems that the policy manager has had a major revamp….so couldnt even “sudo” to anything…

    mhanun jhanjhat 🙂

    else i am happy with hardy as well

  4. Vedang Says:

    for people who want to create a Live USB of ubuntu on windows, this is the link

  5. Aniket Zamwar Says:

    no BETA…direct final release is good..

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