Getting ready for mkusb

Nio Wiklund nio.wiklund at
Thu Aug 14 08:04:47 UTC 2014

Hi Aere,

1. mkusb is cloning an iso file or compressed image file to a drive
(usually but not always a USB pendrive). Cloning means that the drive
will be overwritten, even the bootloader and partition table will be
overwritten. This is a good alternative for me and other people who
regard pendrives as temporary devices.

2. But if you want to use them for storage and at the same time for
booting and installing, your alternative is better: to create a
persistent storage, and use one of the standard methods to make it an
install USB drive, the Ubuntu Startup Disk Creator alias
usb-creator-gtk, or Unetbootin.

3. It is also an alternative to make a standard installed system in the
USB pendrive, at least if the pendrive is fast and fairly big, for
example a USB 3 pendrive with 16 GB. Such installed systems can be
created with the standard linux installers or with the One Button
Installer. At the advanced OBI level, you install into one root
partition and an optional swap partition and the bootloader, while the
partition table and the other partitions are left untouched.

Best regards

Den 2014-08-14 02:50, Aere Greenway skrev:
> Nio:
> I have a question for you regarding mkusb. 
> With the bootable USB drives I've created in the past, I have had two
> partitions.  The first one is for the system, which contains everything
> that normally goes on a live USB drive, including the persistant
> storage.  It's size is what is required for all of that. 
> The 2nd partition, using the rest of the space on the USB drive, is an
> 'extra' or 'data' partition, which is available for mounting when
> running the bootable USB system.  You can easily put files there while
> running the bootable USB, which can later be accessed by other systems
> when you terminate your bootable USB system. 
> Given that, will mkusb use just the first partition (particularly if it
> is empty), and leave the other partition un-touched, or does it
> re-format the entire USB drive, taking out the 2nd partition? 
> I'm not saying that other people should use this two-partition process. 
> It's just something that has been useful for me, and the way I use
> bootable USB drives. 
> - Aere
> On 08/13/2014 03:57 PM, Nio Wiklund wrote:
>> Thanks Rafael,
>> This set of icons is awesome :-)
>> I'll attach one for our community to see it. And the links:
>> Where you show the whole set of logos and icons.
>> Best regards
>> Nio
>> Den 2014-08-13 22:20, Rafael Laguna skrev:
>>> So, the icon 1b is ready. I attach the smallest size in svg too, so you
>>> can see what I did. I had to simulate lines in real diagonal form, so
>>> the svg render of Cairo libs will show it propperly.
>>> Also created xpm and png versions of it, at four sizes, 16, 24, 48 and 128.
>>> --
>>> Rafael Laguna
>>> Lubuntu Artwork Team
>>> On 7 August 2014 14:46, Nio Wiklund <nio.wiklund at
>>> <mailto:nio.wiklund at>> wrote:
>>>     Hi again Rafael,
>>>     I think *1b* is the simplest solution, and I think I will be happy with
>>>     it in the long run.
>>>     Best regards
>>>     Nio
>>>     Den 2014-08-07 13:26, Rafael Laguna skrev:
>>>     > Okay, I'm lost now. I don't really know which one you like. But I must
>>>     > insisit, don't worry about tiny sizes. It doesn't matter which one you
>>>     > choose, I have to make a completely new one to match all sizes, so the
>>>     > colour, the lines width, or the contrast have to be adjusted again to
>>>     > every size. But first you need to choose. Please, I need more
>>>     something
>>>     > concrete, and then start the sizes series.
>>>     >
>>>     > --
>>>     > Rafael Laguna
>>>     > Lubuntu Artwork Team
> -- 
> Sincerely,
> Aere

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