The Unetbootin versions in the Ubuntu repos are old

Bug #1497604 reported by sudodus on 2015-09-19
This bug affects 11 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
One Hundred Papercuts
unetbootin (Ubuntu)
Nominated for Trusty by Alberto Salvia Novella
Nominated for Vivid by Alberto Salvia Novella
Nominated for Wily by Alberto Salvia Novella
Nominated for Xenial by Alberto Salvia Novella

Bug Description

The current unetbootin version from the developer's PPA is 613-1 uploaded 2015-07-20

I have tested and it works for me, also between the newest versions of Ubuntu.

See the following list of versions of unetbootin in the Ubuntu universe repo

Ubuntu-version; Unetbootin-version

12.04.5 LTS; 565-3 probably uploaded 2012
14.04.2 LTS; 585-2 probably uploaded 2013
14.04.3 LTS; 585-2 probably uploaded 2013
15.04______; 608-1 probably uploaded before the 'gfxboot.c32: not a
  COM32R image' bugfix
15.10______; 608-1 probably uploaded before the 'gfxboot.c32: not a
  COM32R image' bugfix

This will make users who do not understand to add the developer's PPA use an old version, which is likely to suffer from some bugs, for example the 'gfxboot.c32: not a COM32R image' bug.

Please update unetbootin in the repos :-)

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.04
Package: unetbootin (not installed)
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.19.0-25.26~14.04.1-generic 3.19.8-ckt2
Uname: Linux 3.19.0-25-generic i686
ApportVersion: 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.11
Architecture: i386
CasperVersion: 1.340.2
Date: Sat Sep 19 17:15:30 2015
LiveMediaBuild: Lubuntu 14.04.3 LTS "Trusty Tahr" - Beta i386 (20150805)
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: unetbootin
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

sudodus (nio-wiklund) on 2015-09-19
summary: - The version in the Ubuntu repos is old
+ The Unetbootin version in the Ubuntu repos is old
summary: - The Unetbootin version in the Ubuntu repos is old
+ The Unetbootin versions in the Ubuntu repos are old
sudodus (nio-wiklund) on 2015-09-19
description: updated
description: updated
description: updated
description: updated
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in unetbootin (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Ubuntu QA Website (ubuntuqa) wrote :

This bug has been reported on the Ubuntu ISO testing tracker.

A list of all reports related to this bug can be found here:

tags: added: iso-testing
tags: added: upgrade-software-version wily

If this application goes into main, please subscribe me to this bug so I can raise importance.

Changed in unetbootin (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Critical
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Critical
importance: Critical → High
Changed in unetbootin (Ubuntu):
importance: Critical → High
sudodus (nio-wiklund) wrote :

Unetbootin is in universe now. Do you mean that it should be moved to main? That might be a good idea, if it helps keeping it up to date :-)

Who can move a program package from one repository to another one?

Do you need more information?

I have already described the bug in the opening comment. I can add that it is important to upgrade Unetbootin to the current version (to what is uploaded to the developer's PPA). Otherwise the version that a regular user installs is likely to fail to install newer versions of Ubuntu (particularly the newest version). And Unetbootin is typically used to install a newer version of Ubuntu into a USB pendrive for testing and installing.

The problems arise when the boot configuration for the live session is changed from one version to the next version, and the problems correspond to some of the problems of the Ubuntu Startup Disk Creator. Unetbootin's developer can usually fix the problems soon after they are discovered, but someone most port the current version to the Ubuntu repos for all the supported versions of Ubuntu.

This bug report does not suggest to develop Unetbootin beyond the developer's version.

@ sudodus

I think Unetbootin would be moved to main if Ubuntu makes it its default boot disk creator, so in that case the importance of this bug would be "Critical".

The information about how you can make Unetbootin to be upgraded in a stable Ubuntu release is here:

Also other thing that would be interesting Unetbootin to have is their databases about which releases are out there put into a different package, as databases are candidates for upgrade on stable releases:

I'm unsubscribing now. If you have further questions, please ask them in <email address hidden>, as they will know better than me. On the other hand, if Unetbooting is included in the Main repository, please subscribe me back to this report.

Thank you 😉

Doug McMahon (mc3man) wrote :

It should be upgraded immediately due to the current versions of unetbootin in Ubuntu allow DnD as root in it's file browser
refer to -

tags: added: dangerous-behaviorupgrade-software-version vivid
removed: upgrade-software-version
tags: added: dangerous-behavior upgrade-software-version
removed: dangerous-behaviorupgrade-software-version
tags: added: xenial

If this bug is a security one, please mark it as such.

no longer affects: unetbootin
Changed in unetbootin (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Nazar Mokrynskyi (nazar-pc) wrote :

Current version in Zesty is 608 from 2014, while the latest one is 625 from May of 2016.
Old version also contains old dependencies like gksu, which no other apps are using.

Paul White (paulw2u) wrote :

Latest version from developers appears to be 667 via PPA.
unetbootin was removed from Ubuntu 18.04 on 2017-11-11, i.e. during its development period.
See also Debian bug:
Anyone requiring updates should use the PPA:
Marking as WontFix/Invalid as unetbootin no longer included in the Ubuntu repositories.

Changed in unetbootin (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Invalid
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: Triaged → Invalid
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