Create a Multiboot Live USB Drive in Ubuntu with Multisystem

With all the different distros and flavours of Linux out there it can be hard to choose which one you want, thankfully making that choice can be relatively easy if you create a bootable drive with 3 or 4 live distro loaded on it, and have a handy menu to boot into each one. Here’s how to do that very thing in an Ubuntu based Linux:

First off download the Multisystem installation script from here. Once you have it downloaded, extract it to any convenient folder of your choosing and double click on the install-depot-multisystem.sh script and follow the on-screen instructions.

Once you have it installed it will tell you that the program can be found in the “Accessories” menu, but it’s easy enough to find and run it through the unity scope by typing “multi” like so:

multi1

Once it has started select the USB drive from the opening menu and click confirm:

Screenshot from 2014-05-01 19:37:37

Next, you will be presented with the following screen:

Screenshot from 2014-05-01 19:39:33

At this point it’s a good idea to open up the location where you have saved the iso files (which, I’m assuming you have already downloaded) and have the window to the side, so it is then just a matter of dragging and dropping the iso into the dialogue like so:

Screenshot from 2014-05-01 19:43:35

As soon as you drop the file a Terminal window will open asking for your password, enter your password and sit back and finish your coffee while Multisystem does all the hard work.

To add other iso files, it’s just a simple process of dragging and dropping each one into the same dialogue, the most I’ve ever had on one is four and I’m not sure how many it could take.

To boot from the usb drive, simply hit F11 as your computer boots up and and select your usb drive, you will then be presented with the Multisystem boot menu with your iso files listed at the top, from there it’s just a matter of selecting your chosen distro and letting it boot, simples.

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Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Daily CD Images Released for Testing

The Unicorn is Here

The Unicorn is Here

It’s not even two weeks since the latest LTS version of Ubuntu was released, and here we are, a new testable beta of the next Ubuntu is available for download:

“The first autosync with Debian is running right now, so don’t get overexcited and sync something by hand that the automated machinery will get to in the next hour. The buildds will be very, very angry with us for a couple of days due to the above autosync. Have some patience. Upload your merges, and don’t babysit the queues. You’ll thank me for it. You might even want to go out for a walk, get some fresh air, feed a duck, that sort of thing,” said Adam Conrad on the official mailing list.

The developer explained that ruby-defaults has been updated to version 2.1, boost-defaults has been updated to version .55, a new binutils snapshot has been added, and all the other packages have received some “tiny unicorns” (it’s probably a given that many of the Ubuntu developer’s statements will be littered with various puns).

Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) is also the perfect version for the developers who want to push some of the updates that didn’t make it into Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) or that got rejected for whatever reason. This is the perfect playground for new packages, and users might see some very interesting things in the final released of Ubuntu 14.10.

“I know post-LTS releases are always an exciting barrage of tossing in all the things you didn’t think you could land in an LTS without the release team glaring at you, and I’m sure this one will be no exception. So, have fun, happy uploading, and do try to fix two bugs for every one you upload,” also said Adam Conrad.”

It’s probably not a good idea for the average user to go out there and grab a copy, beta + bugs, so it’s never advised to use any beta operating system on your main every day machine.

But, if you’re like me, a sucker for new stuff with no patience whatsoever, then you can grab the images here:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/daily-live/current/

Create a LiveUSB as normal and give it a whirl before installing, and if you intend to install, I strongly advise you to back up all your data and settings first, just in case.

As you may have guessed, I’ve dived in the deep end and installed it as my main os on my only machine, so watch this space for updates on features as they come, and the occasional panicky post where things have totally wrong.

 

 

How to create an Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr LiveUSB Disk in Windows

With the release of Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr Lts today, I thought it’d be a good idea to explain how easy it is to create a LiveUSB disk so all those folks who are still using Windows (catch up guys) can give Ubuntu a whirl without installing it first.

A LiveUSB disk is essentially a bootable USB drive that can be booted from with a workable installation of an operating system on it, all you have to do is plug the drive in, boot the computer, hit F11 and select the drive to boot from. At this point you’ll be showen a menu giving you a choice of trying Ubuntu, or installing Ubuntu, for most people the choice will be to try it out first, so select that option and let Ubuntu boot on your PC, it’s probably the easiest way to get a taster before you take that inevitable plunge of wiping Windows and installing Ubuntu as your main OS.

What you’ll need before you start is one copy of Ubuntu 14.04 (at the time of writing this, Ubuntu hadn’t updated their site) which can be downloaded here:

Ubuntu 14.04 Lts

A copy of a program called UNetbootin which can be downloaded form here

and obviously a PC or Laptop running windows and a USB drive.

Once you have everything ready, run the UNetbootin file (it doesn’t need to be installed) and you’ll be presented with a window similar to this:

UNetbootins Main Window

UNetbootins Main Window

The first step is to select the Ubuntu ISO image that you downloaded, click on “DiskImage” then select the browse button (Number 1 in the Image), browse to where you saved your ISO file and select it.

Step 2; make sure that USB Drive is selected and then select the drive letter that corresponds to your chosen drive.

Then simply click “OK” and let the program create the LiveUSB for you.

It’s as easy as that.

When you decide to install Ubuntu 14.04 see the post here on how to install it and make it your main OS 🙂 you wont regret it.