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    Default Tool for creating multiboot USB

    I need to create a multiboot USB stick in order to be able to boot/install several OS's, both Windows and Linux distributions.

    After a first search I read about Rufus, YUMI and Unetbootin; first 2 are Windows only and 3rd one only supports Linux distributions, not Windows.

    I also read this could be done via GNU dd, but now how to use it?

    Thanks beforehand for help.

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    Default Re: Tool for creating multiboot USB

    Quote Originally Posted by F_style View Post
    I need to create a multiboot USB stick in order to be able to boot/install several OS's, both Windows and Linux distributions.

    After a first search I read about Rufus, YUMI and Unetbootin; first 2 are Windows only and 3rd one only supports Linux distributions, not Windows.

    I also read this could be done via GNU dd, but now how to use it?

    Thanks beforehand for help.
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    That "live-fat-stick" thing is made to only work with fat32 file systems; useless for Windows and a fair amount of Linux distributions.

    I read about a project at Github called "Multibootusb" which looked promising at first, until reading the part in the FAQ mentioning that it's only designed to put *live* ISOs to boot *live* systems, not for use with "install" ISOs as for installing to hard drive.

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    Might try Gecko it is LIVE openSUSE

    https://geckolinux.github.io/

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    Excuse me, but how is that related to OP?
    I read it again and I think this time I managed to be clear enough. But if you need more clarifications just mention it.

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    Default Re: Tool for creating multiboot USB

    openSUSE does not ship LIVE ISO images just install Any Chance to make multi boot LIVE USB sticks must have a LIVE ISO Gecko is a Live ISO of openSUSE.

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    As mentioned in OP:
    "I need to create a multiboot USB stick in order to be able to boot/install several OS's, both Windows and Linux distributions."

    Not only "live", but also installation!
    It should be possible, or not?

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    Default Re: Tool for creating multiboot USB

    Or was I wrong?

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    Default Re: Tool for creating multiboot USB

    Quote Originally Posted by F_style View Post
    Or was I wrong?
    Hi
    Seems impractical to me, system to install maybe legacy boot, efi boot, only efi boot, only 32bit efi boot.

    Better to look at setting PXE boot/install environment especially if systems are all on same network then you can install multiple systems at one time, can't do that with a USB device....

    A multiboot USB device seems good to play with live linux systems on one type of boot hardware...

    8GB devices aren't too expensive these days, create the boot media since it's only read from, should last a long time...
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    Default Re: Tool for creating multiboot USB

    Quote Originally Posted by F_style View Post
    That "live-fat-stick" thing is made to only work with fat32 file systems; useless for Windows and a fair amount of Linux distributions.

    I read about a project at Github called "Multibootusb" which looked promising at first, until reading the part in the FAQ mentioning that it's only designed to put *live* ISOs to boot *live* systems, not for use with "install" ISOs as for installing to hard drive.
    Thanks for pointing to this project. I had used Multisystem on Ubuntu, but since switching to Opensuse TW haven't used it, but also did not find a real replacement.

    My usecase for MultibootUSB would be: 1 stick with MultibootUSB with a lot of live systems f.e. clonezilla or gparted live. For installing I would use a dedicated stick.

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