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mkusb

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: mkusb

What is mkusb?

The mkusb tool was developed to make it simpler and safer to create boot drives with the method to flash or clone an iso image or a compressed image file. It is using dd under the hood.The target is a mass storage device, often but not always a USB drive, sometimes an internal drive or an eSATA drive.

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install mkusb

or via APTus (+ sparky-aptus-extra 0.2.15).

mkusb

The mkusb Launchpad repo: launchpad.net/~mkusb/+archive/ubuntu/ppa

 

MultiBootUSB

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: MultiBootUSB.

What is MultiBootUSB?

MultiBootUSB is a software/utility to create multi boot live Linux on a removable USB disk. It is similar to UNetbootin but many distros can be installed, provided you have enough space on the disk. MultiBootUSB also provides an option to uninstall distro(s) at any time, if you wish.

MultiBootUSB allows you to do the following:
– Install multiple live Linux and other Operating Systems to a USB disk and make it bootable without erasing existing data.
– Ability to uninstall installed OS later.
– Write ISO image directly to a USB disk (you can think of GUI for Linux dd command).
– Boot ISO images directly without rebooting your system using QEMU option.
– Boot bootable USBs without rebooting your system using QEMU option.
– Boot USB on UEFI/EFI system through GRUB2 bootloader (limited support).

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install python3-multibootusb

MultiBootUSB

The MultiBootUSB GitHub project page: github.com/mbusb/multibootusb
The project author is Sundar; and co-author is Ian Bruce.

 

Etcher

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Etcher.

What is Etcher?

Etcher is a powerful OS image flasher built with web technologies to ensure flashing an SDCard or USB drive is a pleasant and safe experience. It protects you from accidentally writing to your hard-drives, ensures every byte of data was written correctly and much more.

Installation:
apt update
apt install etcher-electron

Etcher

The Etcher developer is Jonas Hermsmeier and it is licensed under the Apache License 2.0.
The project page: github.com/resin-io/etcher

 

Sparky USB Formatter

 

Due to changes in Debian testing repositories, package ‘udisks’ in not longer available, which is a dependency of ‘mintstick’.

There is no reason to fight with that, I just made something different, instead of the MintStick.

1. Sparky Live USB Creator, which is a GUI front-end of the ‘dd’ command, and is available in our repository long time.
2. Sparky USB Formatter is a new tool, which can format a USB stick as you wish. It is available in our repository now, so please install and test it.

USB Formatter installation:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sparky-usb-formatter

Sparky Live USB Creator and Sparky USB Formatter will replace MintStick in the next Sparky 4.2 release.

The second point of matter is, that Sparky USB Formatter is the first Sparky app, which uses locales files. In this moment, the tool uses English or Polish locales only.

Sparky USB Formatter

If you can help with translating to other languages, just let me know.
I will make another post, when I’ll be ready to let you know how to manage with locale’s files.

 

How to run Sparkylinux on “old” computers without a DVD drive

 

SparkyLinux is available as a DVD iso file, so it can’t be run on very old machines which don’t have:
– optical DVD drive
– BIOS option for booting systems from USB drive

But there is a simple solution, if your computer has:
– optical CD or floppy drive
– USB port

The instruction can be used for most Linux distributions.

1. Copy SparkyLinux iso image using “Unetbootin” or “dd” command on USB flash drive:
– 2GB USB pendrive for “Eris” edition
– 4GB USB pendrive for “GameOver” edition

2a. Download and burn Plop Linux “Standard version” iso image on blank CD.
   or
2b. Download (from the project page) and extract “plpbt-version.zip” archive.
Burn the “plpbt.iso” image which you can find inside the new created folder “plpbt”.
   or
2c. Download and extract “plpbt-version.zip” archive.
On Linux hosts copy “plpbt.img” image on floppy disk using “dd” command:
dd if=plpbt.img of=/dev/fd0

On MS Windows hosts copy “plpbt.img” image on floppy disk using WinImage or RawWriteWin.

3. Reboot your machine, put USB SparkyLinux disk in the USB port, put CD/floppy disk in (with Plop).
Go to BIOS, choose CD/Floppy disk as the first booting option.

4. The Plop will start as first, choose “Plop Boot Manager”.

Plop

5. Choose a drive with SparkyLinux (USB).

Plop

6. It will start SparkyLinux.

SparkyLinux 2.x boot menu

 

Now you can test Live system and install SparkyLinux on a hard drive.

 
See also:
Plop project site

 
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SparkyLinux – full USB stick installation

 

SparkyLinux has gotten a new functionality – full installation on USB stick.
It means that you can do “normal” system installation, similar to the hard drive installation.
Key features:
– don’t need to cut your hard drive any more
– it’s possible to save your personal files, perform system upgrades, install new apps – everything on USB stick
– the USB system (for me) is still fast and light

The feature is available at coming SparkyLinux 2.1 rc “Eris” LXDE/e17 and any next one.

How to install SparkyLinux on Pen/Flash Drive?
1. You need 8GB USB stick (minimum) for “Eris” edition.
2. Read SparkyLinux 2.x hard drive installation guide.
The USB installation is in 90 % exactly the same as hard drive installation.
3. Put your attention on a few points of installation process:

§ 10. Choose USB disk (for example: /dev/sdb) instead of hard drive disk (/dev/sda).

SparkyLinux instalacja na USB

§ 11. Preper minimum two partitions on USB drive for:
– / – root dir
– swap partition
You can make one more partition for”/home” folder.

SparkyLinux instalacja na USB

§ 12. Choose partition for SWAP on USB drive (sdb2).

SparkyLinux instalacja na USB

§ 13. Choose root partition on USB drive too (sdb1).

SparkyLinux instalacja na USB

§ 18. The most important – GRUB bootloader destination – “rootmbr”.

SparkyLinux instalacja na USB

§ 20. Check all settings for new installation:
– partition “sdb1” (!) will be formatted for root file system
– GRUB will be installed to the mbr of root partition of “sdb1” (!)

After installation finished reboot your machine and start it from USB drive.

 
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How to make SparkyLinux bootable USB key or any Linux, Mac OSX and MS Windows host?

 

To do that you can use multiplatforms application UNetbootin.
It’s available for most Linux distributions, Mac OSX and MS Windows as well.
SparkyLinux Full-DVD has UNetbootin pre-installed inside the system.
It can be used if you run SparkyLinux from hard drive or as a live system from CD/DVD disk too.

Putting SparkyLinux iso image to USB key is easy as 1-2-3:

1. Run UNetbootin, mark “Diskimage” and load “sparkylinux.iso” image, then click “OK”.

UNetbootin

2. Wait until the iso image coping will be finished.

UNetbootin

3. After that reboot your machine.

UNetbootin

Have a nice fun with SparkyLinux !

 
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How to make SparkyLinux bootable USB key on SparkyLinux host?

 

If you run SparkyLinux from hard or CD/DVD drive you can make bootable SparkyLinux USB key with Remastersys USB Sturtup Disk Tool.You find it going to Menu-> Applications-> Administration.

This operation will delete all data from your USB key.

USB key 1

1. Select allready connected USB key.

USB key 2
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2. Select the source to be copied from (sparkylinux.iso image).

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3. Then start coping files.

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4. When it finished just quit the application and reboot your machine.

USB key 10

Have a nice fun with SparkyLinux !

 
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