[lubuntu-users] Installing Lubuntu 16.04 - state of the various bootable USB flash drive utilities?

John Hupp lubuntu at prpcompany.com
Sat Apr 30 13:56:54 UTC 2016

Thanks, Nio, for a very thorough review!

Thanks also to Aere and Israel for helpful replies.

@ Israel, when you said "He also has an alternative installer with a 
prebuilt tarball for Lubuntu for a different method!", I suppose you 
meant OBI?

On 4/30/2016 4:48 AM, Nio Wiklund wrote:
> Den 2016-04-29 kl. 22:44, skrev John Hupp:
>> To install Lubuntu from bootable USB flash drive rather than DVD/CD, I
>> found
>> <https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu/InstallingLubuntu>https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu/InstallingLubuntu 
>> (which seems to recommend UNetbootin) and then
>> <https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBStick>https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBStick 
>> (which has instructions for usb-creator-gtk, Unetbootin and mkusb -- in
>> that order, if significant).
>> I recall from previous posts that perhaps each of the 3 methods has
>> suffered from this bug or that, and that at one time or another one or
>> more methods was deprecated and one or more others promoted.
>> I'm planning on installing the standard 32-bit and 64-bit desktop 
>> versions.
>> Can someone sum up the current state of affairs?
> Hi John!
> I may be prejudiced, because I made and maintain mkusb ;-)
> Furthermore I have kind of 'adopted'
> https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBStick
> I did not even think of changing the order of the recommended tools, 
> maybe I should :-P
> I have also tried hard to make Canonical improve usb-creator-gtk - and 
> finally succeeded. There is a working version in 16.04 LTS, and we can 
> hope that it will be SRUed or backported (or whatever it should be 
> called) to 14.04 LTS and 15.10 (maybe even 12.04 LTS).
> -o-
> I made mkusb because there were and are issues with the other tools, 
> particularly when booting in BIOS mode. I think that mkusb works in 
> all desktop (GUI) Ubuntu and Ubuntu based flavours, re-spins and 
> distros from all current versions to all current versions, both in 
> BIOS and UEFI mode.
> mkusb can make live-only drives using the very reliable cloning method 
> of all hybrid iso files (of all linux distros). It can make persistent 
> live drives of Ubuntu based and Debian Jessie iso files. These 
> persistent live drives boot in BIOS mode and UEFI mode. But mkusb does 
> not work in all linux distros. The text-only mkusb-nox and the simpler 
> mkusb-bas work in Ubuntu Server and older and simpler linux versions, 
> where they wrap a simple 'safety belt' around dd.
> ppa:mkusb/ppa works with Yakkety too.
> If you find a bug, please tell me, and I will squash it as soon as 
> possible :-)
> I think Unetbootin works in most cases and many people like it, but 
> there are reports of problems in some cases.
> usb-creator-gtk works sometimes, but is very buggy in 12.04 LTS, 14.04 
> LTS and 15.10. As described earlier, the version 0.3.2 in 16.04 LTS 
> works in a reliable way.
> Best regards
> Nio

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