[lubuntu-users] Is it possible to 'multi boot' ISO's with MKUSB?

Narcis Garcia informatica at actiu.net
Sun Jul 31 17:32:38 UTC 2016

I walk with 10~20 ISO files in a single USB memory pendrive to perform
lots of installations and hardware tests with different GNU/Linux

Grub has been my best option, but it's very tricky to properly configure
grub.cfg for each different OS.

El 30/07/16 a les 23:47, Nio Wiklund ha escrit:
> Hi scrooyahoo,
> [replying inline]
> Best regards
> Nio
> Den 2016-07-30 kl. 22:58, skrev scrooyahoo at riseup.net:
>> I'm looking into MKUSB and OBI.
>> I see OBI can pick tar-balls stored on a stick. But is it also possible
>> to work with multiple ISO's?
> The OBI does not work with iso files. But there are other tools, that
> can make multiboot USB drives, for example according to this link:
> 'One pendrive for all PC (Intel/AMD) computers - single-boot dual-boot
> multi-boot'
> https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2259682
> It works for Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distros, but you have to fix the
> menuentries in grub.cfg for the other linux distros.
> There are also multiboot-usb, multisystem and YUMI
>> Would be nice to have 1 stick that can load:
>> 32 bit
>> 64 bit
>> pae
>> and eventually also the PPC
> It is possible except PPC, because it has a different architecture, and
> needs different machine code.
>> And also to make a stick with all 32 or 64 bit *buntu's side by side.
> You can make such a pendrive according to the link above or get one.
> Some people like that, but I think it is better to consider pendrives as
> temporary devices.
> I store iso files in my main computer's 'data' partition, and flash one
> of them to a pendrive, when I want to use it. If you want to bring many
> iso files in the pocket, you can have a second pendrive with iso files.
> It is a good idea to have fast USB 3 pendrives. They are faster in USB 2
> ports too, because the flash memory hardware is often limiting the data
> transfer speed. See this link:
> https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBStick#Prerequisites
> I use mkusb (to wrap a safety belt around dd alias 'disk destroyer'),
> most of the time making simple live-only pendrives that are cloned from
> the iso files. Most iso files today are 'hybrid' iso files, which means
> that they work when cloned, so it is a very simple process.
> It is a lot of work to keep a multiboot pendrive up to date, it can
> easily lag behind. It is somewhat complicated to keep the boot script
> (grub.cfg or a corresponding file for other bootloaders) up to date and
> working if you have several different distros.
> There is also Ubuntu AIO at
> http://linuxaio.net/
>> Specially now that 8GB is about the smallest stick size thats still
>> available in stores.
>> This would it make it less of a hassle to try a few distros.
>> I now have 4 Sticks in use for Lubuntu 16.04 64, 32, and alternate 64
>> and 32bit
>> that puts about 28GB doing nothing.
>> I have tried 2 multiboot options i could find but for some reason only
>> one of those partially works.
>> OBI looks like a good solution, but most distro's sit in a ISO.
> Please try and find out which way you want to manage your iso files and
> boot drives :-)

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