generic ISO-to-bootable-USB creator?

J dreadpiratejeff at
Fri Sep 11 13:28:05 UTC 2015

On Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 1:04 AM Karl Auer <kauer at> wrote:

> I expected the startup disk creator to be able to use at least the Linux
> ISO image, but no. It would not let me select the ISO as a source (and
> gave no visible indication why not, which I think is poor form in any
> program).
IME, usb-creator-gtk (Startup Disk Creator) is hit or miss on whether it
works or not.  The ONLY real success I have ever had with it is building a
bootable USB drive for the same version of Ubuntu that is installed on the
system you're creating the USB drive on...

So if my desktop is running 14.04, I can make 14.04 USB drives, but not
15.04 or 15.10, and even then it's hit or miss as to whether SDC will
actually complete the build, or fail installing grub to the USB drive.

> The Nautilus "Write to disk" option wouldn't show the inserted USB drive
> as a suitable target and just said "no disk available". Maybe it's only
> good for CD and DVD.

I have never seen an option to write to USB in either Nautilus or Brasero,
personally, but TBH I've never looked either.

> unetbootin is recommended all over the place, but lots of people say it
> is for Linux images only, and other people say it is incompatible with
> Debian (and therefore with Ubuntu), though I think this just means when
> using Debian images:
> ... so I think I will try unetbootin as well.

I've not used unetbootin with Debian, but I use it all the time with Ubuntu
without fail... as well as others like Fedora, SuSE and so forth.
 unetbootin pretty much just works, it MAY get finicky if you feed it a
strange ISO, but overall, from what I've used over the years, it's the best
tool I've personally used for building live USB drives.
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