Should support install media from other distributions

Bug #297634 reported by Tuomas Aavikko on 2008-11-13
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usb-creator (Ubuntu)
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: usb-creator

Like the title says, Unable to create other than *buntu-*.iso to usb.

When trying to load , ex. zenwalk-5.2.iso /zenwalk-live-5.2.iso error appears that
"This is not a desktop install CD and thus cannot be used by this application."
Thought it might be issue in name, so tried changing the name, but no avail

Shouldn't default application in Ubuntu be able to create other than just *buntu images?

Tried several other distros, using this tool, and all of them failed with error above.

Edit// using unetbootin I'm able to do so.

Edit// I'm aware that "Description: Ubuntu USB desktop image creator
 This is a simple utility designed to make bootable USB desktop images from
 Ubuntu CDs."

But restricting usage to only *buntu images, in this wonderful app, IMO contradicts bug #1
If that was the correct word for it :)

Tuomas Aavikko (taavikko) wrote :
description: updated
description: updated
hackel (hackel) wrote :

There's no way to predict how other iso's are set up. Even though most are similar, there can still be small differences. I don't believe it's just a matter of copying the iso and some boot code to the usb disk, usb-creator is actually extracting specific files from the iso. It would need to know the structure of each particular OS in order to support it. Right now, it doesn't even support the server edition of Ubuntu, let alone a completely separate distribution. I do not think this request would be sufficiently useful, especially since most other distributions already provide their own way to accomplish the same task.

Savvas Radevic (medigeek) wrote :

We could convert it to a wishlist if we change the title.. "Should support install media from other distributions"

Savvas Radevic (medigeek) wrote :

> I do not think this request would be sufficiently useful, especially since most other distributions already provide their own way to accomplish the same task.

Scenario: I use Ubuntu, and I download a Fedora iso image that I want to convert and install it to a USB.
I still want to use Ubuntu and do that, instead of wasting a CD and installing another distro.

Since most of them are similar as you say, usb-creator could "detect" and support some of the most popular distributions. :)

papukaija (papukaija) wrote :

Please mark the importance of this bug to wishlist as suggested by Savvas Radevic.

summary: - Unable to create install media for other distros
+ Should support install media from other distributions
Changed in usb-creator (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Yannis Tsop (ogiannhs) wrote :

unetbootin is included in jaunty and can create bootable usb sticks for many distributions.

Florent Gallaire (fgallaire) wrote :

> unetbootin is included in jaunty and can create bootable usb sticks for many distributions.
So you should remove usb-creator...

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