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create NET and DVD isos suitable to USB-boot

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openSUSE-11.4
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Description

In the past years, netbooks and other computers without a CD/DVD drive have become more common.

While there is http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Live_USB_stick , there has always been some confusion among users on which openSUSE iso images are suitable for USB boot and on how to get them working. People have been finding out the hard way that DVD and NET isos can not be used as easily.

However, at least for NET isos, this can be changed by running isohybrid openSUSE-NET-...iso

DVD isos can be made bootable this way, too, but there is some extra work involved to make it find its data.

If this does not have disadvantages, iso images should be adjusted during the creation process to make them bootable from USB-storage devices.

It is also good to be able to "dd if=/dev/dvd of=/dev/sdX bs=1M"

This feature complements (i.e. is orthognal to)

https://features.opensuse.org/310029

https://features.opensuse.org/309238

Discussion


icons/user_comment.png C. s. wrote: (3 years ago)

I was just writing up a new Feature request when I thought I should do one more search to make sure I wasn't submitting a duplicate... and I stumbled on this one... so here is a copy/paste of what I was going to submit....

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DVD drives are fast falling out of use just like floppy drives did.  More and more computers - laptops especially - are being shipped without DVD drives.  Bootable USB devices are being used as a replacement.

openSUSE provides LiveCD builds that can easily be written to boatable USB devices using software such as unetbootin or SUSE Studio Imagewriter.  Currently (up to openSUSE 11.3) the full DVD ISO cannot easily be written to DVD.

You can use applications such as unetbootin to write the DVD ISO to USB, but the result is poor.  The USB boots, and the installer errors out.  It switches to text mode, and the user is forced to cancel part of the install, manually restart the install, and select the install device.  It's not very nice, or very professional.

For openSUSE 11.4 and up I'd like to see the DVD ISO be a isohybrid ISO in the same way the LiveCD ISO are created.  Make it easy for the DVD ISO to be written to any medium, DVD or USB, using common tools such as unetbootin or SUSE Studio Imagewriter

icons/user_comment.png T. S. wrote: (3 years ago)

Coolo, could you give some info what's the state here?

icons/user_comment.png S. K. wrote: (3 years ago)

Michael Schroeder wanted to implement this in kiwi

icons/user_comment.png S. K. wrote: (3 years ago)

Adrian did in the end - 11.4 and factory have it now.

icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (3 years ago)

excellent news. :)

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