UNetbootin – create bootable Live USB drives

UNetbootin (Universal Netbook Installer) is a utility used to create live USB drives that can install Linux or BSD distributions to a partition or USB drive without a CD.

This software can use an existing disk image/kernel/initrd file, or download a supported distro or system utility (such as Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, Slackware, FreeBSD, PartedMagic, etc).

UNetboot supports many different distros.

Features include:

  • Non-destructive install using Syslinux.
  • Wide support for mainstream Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, CentOS, openSUSE, Gentoo, Linux Mint, Arch Linux, Mandriva, MEPIS, Slackware as well as FreeBSD, NetBSD, and FreeDOS.
  • Has the ability to load various system utilities, such as Parted Magic, SystemRescueCD, Super Grub Disk, Backtrack, Ophcrack, Gujin, Smart Boot Manager and more.
  • Other operating systems can be loaded via pre-downloaded ISO image or floppy/hard drive disk image files.
  • Automatically detects all removable devices.
  • Supports LiveUSB persistence (preserving files across reboots; this feature applies to Ubuntu only).
  • Rebrand and adapt to a specific distribution using a plugin system or a series of #define statements.

Website: unetbootin.github.io
Support: FAQs
Developer: UNetbootin Team
License: GNU GPL v2

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