feature request: install more than one distribution

Bug #324452 reported by Andy Spiegl on 2009-02-02
This bug affects 16 people
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Bug Description

I'm searching for a tool that prepares a USB-Drive/Stick
with various OSes and distributions. When booting from
it you can choose which one to boot.

Optimal if it would just copy the provided ISOs to the drive
and add an entry to a configuration file where all ISOs are
listed. At boot time the user selects one of the ISOs and
the bootmanager calls the bootcode within that ISO.
Wouldn't that'd be cool?

To me, unetbootin seems to be the perfect tool to be extended with
this kind of feature.

Whaddya think?


Mark (mark-wege) wrote :

That would be really great, if that would be possible. Additionally it should be able to add or remove distros, so that you can update or add new ones for testing without having to reinstall all.

fabio70mi (fabio-bettoni) wrote :

I think it's almost simple for different distros putting their squashed fs in different directories with different names.

But could be more tricky if putting same distro in 32bit and 64 bit flavour where squashed fs has same name and path.

Should be nice to have 32bit and 64bit in the same USB key.


Slug (neilbyrne) wrote :

This would be a nice addition

Changed in unetbootin:
status: New → Confirmed
larsen (larsen007) wrote :

this would be really great to have

lanugo (vojtechuv) wrote :

I also lack this feature

sirens5 (itfactor36) wrote :

I see that Pendrivelinux.com has a couple of related webpages on this potential ability to install more than one distribution using Linux.

1st: MultiSystem – Create a MultiBoot USB from Linux
This requires an Ubuntu CD or USB and the downloadable and uncompressed install-depot-multiboot.sh shell script.

2nd: Boot Multiple ISO from USB via Grub2 using Linux
The Pendrivelinux.com author of the steps described in this webpage uses a running Ubuntu LiveCD to carry out very technical and manual procedures.
The author has apparently done the USB MULTIBOOT work for Ubuntu 10.10 IS0, Linux Mint 10 Gnome IS0, DBAN IS0, and TinyCore IS0.

Still, I also SECOND it for UNetbootin devs to make available a good and simpler way of enabling multiboot installation onto USB- drives/sticks from Linux.

Would be great if Unetbootin included this sort of Grub functionality.

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