Asked by Mitchell Lifton

I run a MacPro currently under OSX 10.6.2. I use the Mac OS because I am not comfortable with command lines. To try Ubuntu I need to put it on a USB drive not a CD because, using a wireless keyboard, booting up from disk is a painful procedure which requires me to borrow a USB keyboard, which in turn means driving a couple of miles, etc. The instructions for loading Ubuntu onto a USB drive are all command line, and I note that its not recommended to use a US drive on Macs. Is there another way of loading Ubuntu onto the USB flash drive?

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Pako (elektrobank01) said :

Here is an easy how to for burning a CD or make live USB > (Section 2) For USB you must do that with command line only.

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Mitchell Lifton (mlifton) said :

Please read my question.

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Best Mario Tomljenović (tomljenovicmario) said :

If you are not comfortable with command line, Linux is not for you at all. If you want to boot Ubuntu from USB, you will also have problems with your keyboard, so you will have to get USB keyboard anyway.

If you want to put Ubuntu on an USB stick, here are the instructions for Mac:

Download the desired .img file
Open a Terminal (under Utilities)
Run diskutil list to get the current list of devices

Insert your flash media
Run diskutil list again and determine the device node assigned to your flash media (e.g. /dev/disk2)

Run diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskN

Execute sudo dd if=/path/to/downloaded.img of=/dev/diskN bs=1m

Run diskutil eject /dev/diskN and remove your flash media when the command completes

There is no graphical application on Mac, for making bootable USB stick.

If you don´t know how to use instructions I gave you, find a friend who uses Windows or Linux, and put Ubuntu on a USB stick using Unetbootin:

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Mitchell Lifton (mlifton) said :

Thanks for the reply. I was under the impression that Ubuntu had a GUI, but since command line and Linux savvy are required, I won't be using it. Pity.

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Mario Tomljenović (tomljenovicmario) said :

Good for you..