I see there are three tags about BOOT :
boothole x 2
dual-boot x 13
live-boot x 3
I do not tag my posts and I wonder who is tagging the posts. Is it done automatically ?
That was my intro.
My topic is : Where can I get help about programs that create a MultiBoot USB from Linux
Testing 16, so far, versions of Linux on 4 different machines I am getting the notion that, perhaps, a multiple boot flash drive would be handy.
What do you say?
I was thinking of using SARDU but at my fisrt attemp I almost erased my hard disk.
Listed under Bootable USB Creator Software Category, I have found these :
LiLi USB Creator
MultiSystem – Create a MultiBoot USB from Linux
SARDU MultiBoot USB and DVD Creator
Ventoy – Another Bootable USB Tool
XBOOT – Multiboot ISO USB Creator Windows
YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer) – Multiboot USB Creator
Does anyone have preferences using a MultiBoot program ?
I don’t know, I never liked to make multi-boot sticks on Linux, because MultiSystem was the only thing I knew a long while back and, as already mentioned, was wonky at times.
So, I was happy to switch to native YUMI, if I needed to. It’s a great tool and if someone has a Windows PC available as a backup, it definitely is worth using that for YUMI, if you truly need multi-boot.
After so many years though, I barely use multi-boot anymore. It’s just not that convenient as everyone thinks.
Usually, you put a lot of distributions on it, then you use 2 or 3 of them, then you put away the stick for a year and then all your distributions, except those 2 that update once in 5 years, like Rescatux and Caine, become obsolete and you basically should re-install them on the stick.
That’s why I didn’t use multi-boot for a long time, because it’s just not worth it. Rufus is king and you never have any issue, when booting from a Rufus stick. But when you boot from a multi-boot stick, there were quite a number of ISOs, that did not like that at all! Which resulted in an even bigger time waste…
Therefore, I changed from a multi-boot fan, to someone who does not use it at all, anymore.
I’ve tried many image-writing programs, but I have come to rest on Ventoy. It hasn’t failed me (yet) and it’s remarkably useful for me as an incurable distro-hopper. It replaces any kind of virtual machine because it’s much simpler and I don’t waste any writable DVD’s. Yes, folks, my ten-year-old scratch-built desktop still has an optical drive; what ain’t broke doesn’t need fixing. But a multi-distro USB that can be loaded directly with an ISO? It’s the KISS principle in action!