Flash OS

Essential Utilities: Flash OS Images

Linux offers a gamut of open source small utilities that perform functions ranging from the mundane to the wonderful. In our eyes, it’s the breadth of these tools that help to make Linux a compelling operating system.

LightbulbFor beginners to Linux the range of distributions can be daunting. Should you investigate Ubuntu, Arch Linux, openSUSE, elementaryOS, or even try Solus? A good way to experiment with Linux distributions and find the one that best fits your needs is to create a bootable SD card or USB drive flashed with the Linux distros. The tools featured in this article make this process simple and safe. They are all easy to use with a simple interface, and hard drive friendly.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts is a very famous quote from Aristotle, a Greek philosopher and scientist. This quote is particularly pertinent to Linux. In our view, one of Linux’s biggest strengths is its synergy. The usefulness of Linux doesn’t derive only from the huge raft of open source (command line) utilities. Instead, it’s the synergy generated by using them together, sometimes in conjunction with larger applications.

Good open source developers writing utilities seek to make sure the utility does its job as well as possible, and work well with other utilities. The goal is that users have a handful of tools, each of which seeks to excel at one thing. Some utilities work well independently.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 0 high quality open source tools. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who wants to install various Linux distributions and operating systems on a removable flash drive or external hard disk. Here’s our verdict captured in a legendary LinuxLinks-style ratings chart.

Ratings chart

Click the links in the table below to learn more about each program.

Flash OS Images
VentoyCreate bootable USB drive for ISO/WIM/IMG/VHD(x)/EFI files
USBWriterCross-platform disk image writer
EtcherImage burner with multi-platform support
UNetbootinCreate bootable Live USB drives for Ubuntu and other distros
ImagewriterWrite RAW images and ISO images to USB keys
MultiBootUSBCreate multi boot live Linux on a removable USB disk
ddConvert and copy files
GNOME DisksView, modify and configure disks and media
MultiWriterWrite an ISO file to multiple USB devices at once

This article has been revamped in line with our recent announcement.

Best Free and Open Source SoftwareRead our complete collection of recommended free and open source software. Our curated compilation covers all categories of software.

The software collection forms part of our series of informative articles for Linux enthusiasts. There are hundreds of in-depth reviews, open source alternatives to proprietary software from large corporations like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, IBM, Cisco, Oracle, and Autodesk.

There are also fun things to try, hardware, free programming books and tutorials, and much more.
Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
William B Peckham
William B Peckham
1 year ago

Why is E2B (Easy 2 Boot) not mentioned here?