Request for extlinux support

Asked by sluimers on 2010-07-05


Since unetbootin is such a great program I thought I might ask for a request to make it even better.
I would love to see unetbootin support extlinux.
I had a really bad weekend last weekend, because I didn't know of it's existence or how to use it manually.

I wanted to install Linux Mint and after that Ubuntu server edition on my VIA mini-itx (I wanted a cheap quiet desktop computer), since despite being a somewhat useful desktop, Ubuntu's graphic support doesn't allow me to make me play even some of my favourite games I enjoy (and those are 2D). So it's gonna be a server now.

Now my BIOS had problems seeing my USB-sticks in the past, but this weekend it was really bad. I really don't understand why it sometimes does see fat32 partitions but for most of the time it doesn't. It took me two days just to figure out that the BIOS was able to see ext partitions of USB-sticks and which liveUSB tutorial was the right one for me.

I hope that next time I won't have to do this manually again.

Thanks for taking your to time reading this,


R.M. Sluimers

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Geza Kovacs (gezakovacs) said : #1

Hi, the current version (471) actually does have extlinux support, in the Linux version (Windows doesn't support ext3 without third-party drivers, hence no extlinux support available in the Windows version). Simply format the partition on the USB drive as ext3 beforehand, and point UNetbootin at it as usual. Note that as some distributions assume that USB drives are FAT32-formatted, this won't work with all distributions, but the Ubuntu desktop iso can indeed be booted off ext3-formatted USB drives last time I checked.

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