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Offline William

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Multiple ISOs in single bootable USB stick
« on: May 17, 2022, 01:25:54 am »
I just discovered Ventoy which creates a bootable USB stick containing many ISOs.  It uses the entire capacity of USB stick, so you can boot as many distro as it can store.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ventoy

On my T450, 1600x900,
What worked:
  • Kubuntu 22.04
  • Ubuntu 22.04
  • Slackware 15
  • Fedora 36 GNOME
  • FreeBSD 13.1
  • Oracle Linux 8.5
  • Windows 10 repair disc
What failed:
  • Fedora 36 KDE -- grub screen was distorted and unreadable, but responded to keyboard.  I know it defaults to 2nd entry where the ISO is checked.  So, move up one, and enter.  Once it booted, live session was OK.
  • OpenSUSE Tumbleweed

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Re: Multiple ISOs in single bootable USB stick
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2022, 07:33:56 am »
Back in December, Jason started a thread on Ventoy (see this. It sounded interesting and I downloaded it, but I haven't yet tried it. I will. I like the concept of a multi-boot USB instead of putting every distro of interest on a separate USB.
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Re: Multiple ISOs in single bootable USB stick
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2022, 04:51:04 pm »
Actually, you were the OP (original poster) on that thread, Fox, which explains my momentary confusion as I didn't remember anything about it!
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Re: Multiple ISOs in single bootable USB stick
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2022, 08:00:11 pm »
T450, William? Is that a Lenovo ThinkPad?

Which distribution ran the best from the USB stick? Does Vanoy allow for persistence?
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Re: Multiple ISOs in single bootable USB stick
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2022, 02:48:54 am »
Yes, ThinkPad T450, i5-5300U.

No persistence.  Ventoy only enables booting from many ISO.  Just like grub screen, you select and boot from one ISO.

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Re: Multiple ISOs in single bootable USB stick
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2022, 09:27:40 pm »
Cool way to try out different distros on different hardware. I remember way back, we were using YUMI for this.
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