Posts tagged UNetbootin
I’ve seem to hit a bump in the road when it comes to creating a live USB stick. Normally I create and test once a week an ISO file from our Daily folder to make sure it’s working properly. I’ve never had an issue till like a week ago when unetbootin would no longer make a bootable USB stick. So than I tried Linux Live USB Creator and it was telling me the ISO file was corrupt, which it wasn’t as I was able to mount it with VirtualBox and boot it. Others were testing and were able to create bootable USB sticks and I thought for sure I was loosing my mind for a while till someone else posted the same issue. Yay I wasn’t loosing my mind after all.
So I started googling and vibes were pointing to try win32diskimager. So I downloaded the binary, extracted, ran the exe file and had a bootable USB stick in a short period of time. Yay! Why win32diskimager works where others won’t is beyond me.
If you are on a windows machine and need to create a USB stick of your favorite Sabayon iso, here is the steps
1. Download Win32DiskImager, grab the binary, extract it, run the win32diskimager.exe file and you will see the window below. I had my flash drive plugged in already and it properly detected it. Use the drop down box to make change if needed.
2. By default it looks for a .img file and what we have is an .iso file. So you need to click on the Save as File type and select *.* than you will be able to see and select your .iso file.
3. After you have done that, all you have to now do is click on write and sit back for a bit while it does it’s thing.
4. Once it completes, reboot your computer and boot up the live USB stick.
I still need to test if I can do this with dd yet, but my main machine is in a bit of a mess and need to get a hard drive swapped out, so this is why I needed to get this working from a windows machine. Hopefully this will save someone the major headache I got from all this, sheesh.
I have never had a reason or gave UNetbootin a thought, but after hearing Joost brag it up, I thought I better give it a try. Testing can cause a person to go through a lot of DVDs. If you are not familiar with UNetbootin than check out their home page. It even includes how to with screen-shots. Their description:
UNetbootin allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for a variety of Linux distributions from Windows or Linux, without requiring you to burn a CD. You can either let it download one of the many distributions supported out-of-the-box for you, or supply your own Linux .iso file if you’ve already downloaded one or your preferred distribution isn’t on the list.
So I equo install unetbootin and within minutes I have it installed. I simply start it by typing unetbootin into the terminal. I already had the iso downloaded, but I noticed the sabayon versions it has were the older ones. I still gave it a whirl with the 5.0 gnome beta iso and it had no issues at all, just properly selected the 64 bit version in the drop down box. It’s just so easy, select iso image, select usb drive and you’re done. Reboot the computer with usb boot option set and you have a very fast live dvd that you can run and you can also install the operating system to your hard drive.
So I thought wow, what a great tool. I’ve recommended it to others before, but never actually used it. I’m glad UNetbootin added in the support for Sabayon Linux. I’m not sure how one goes about getting the options updated for the newer ISOs tho, but it will work with 5.0 when it comes out.
This tool should also end the “I don’t have a dvd burner” support issue. The mini-dvd will work with a 2GB usb flash drive. I actually went out and purchased a 4GB one just for this and it costed me $17.00. That’s pretty cheap and I can always format it out for something else and use UNetbootin again when needed. So save a disk and use UNetbootin. Load up some flash drives and hand em out to your buddies to try Sabayon Linux. It would be nice to find a flash drive maker to support the cause.
Joost and Thev00d00 have been working hard in putting together a community repository to offer more to Sabayon Linux community.
Whats in it?
KDE 4.2, E17 SVN, LXDE SVN, Songbird, Firefox 3.1…. To much to list, see http://entropy.hyperfish.org/standard/naendo/packages
Do you provide x86 and AMD64 packages?
YES! This repo is both x86 and amd64 allowing you to experience the newest software on both versions of sabayon! w00t
How do I use it?
Add these lines to your /etc/entropy/repositories.conf:
repository|naendo|Naendo Community Repo|http://entropy.hyperfish.org|http://entropy.hyperfish.org#bz2#2323,2424
What Sabayon Version do you need?
Any on the 4.0 branch, including: 4.0, 4.0-r1 and 4.0-LiteMCE
We have set up a sub-forum for getting support, discussion and requesting packages at the Sabayon Linux forum. Please see Naendo Community Repository
On another note, the feedback from LiteMCE has been good. People are reporting lesser issues than Sabayon Linux 4.o full dvd. People are able to add the software they desire to it. We seem to run into a font issue here and there with the entire 4.0 series, but overall it’s been good. I’ve seen some packages mentioned for the next release and think they would be great editions, but we want to keep the LiteMCE editions light, so we have to becareful with the packages we choose to add. With the power of entropy, it’s easy to add your favorite application, but I will keep an eye out on packages that get mentioned over and over. I would like to see some more plugins working OOTB with xbmc, but that isn’t the easiest thing to do I am finding out quickly. XBMC 8.10-r5 is available and in testing it, I didn’t run into any problems, so we should be able to bump that version safely. I would like to hear from xbmc fans of which plugins are your must have ones. I like the hulu plugin, but unable to get that working in the current version. It works in the svn version, but than I loose sound with svn. It’s a true work in progress I guess.
Development is discussing various ideas, working out the 4.0 glitches and continued art-work. I would like to see us stick with the LiteMCE edition and offer it for Gnome and KDE, than do away with the full dvd release completely. Joost brought up doing a minimal core cd, which would be a fast quick download and than use the power of entropy to build your own system. Our current installer allows core install, but it’s big download just to get a core install, plus the core install is the longest install process. A core cd would get you up very quickly. So that is something we are kicking around in the dirt for future stuff. Remember, these are just our ideas at the moment, nothing actually being built.
Good news for UNetbootin fans, LiteMCE has been added officially to the latest version. This is great for those that don’t have a cd/dvd drive. I have not tried this method myself, be interesting to hear user experiences with it. If anyone is interested in doing a wiki page in our wiki on it, feel free to go for it. The more options/resources we have for the community, the better.
Thanks for all recent feedback!