UNetbootin – The First Step Towards Linux
- Allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for a variety of Linux distributions
- Works both from Windows and Linux
- Can also be used to load various system utilities like partition managers or system repair tools.
UNetbootin is a small freeware utility that allows you to create bootable USB drives for a wide range of Linux distributions. I decided to install and test Linux Mint on my PC and I didn’t want to create a bootable CD, it’s much easier and comfortable to use and USB disk for that purpose. Although UNetbootin supports dozens of Linux distributions and versions it still does not support the latest version of Linux Mint. That was not a big problem though, I downloaded the .iso file and loaded it into the program easily.
The USB disk that I inserted was recognized automatically by the program, so everything was ready to go.
It took less than five minutes to create the bootable USB disk and it was extremely easy, I just had to make a few clicks and wait.
You can also use this freeware program to run several system utilities from an USB disk, partition managers or system recovery tools.
Windows 2K, XP, Vista; Linux
It’s open source.
Extremely easy to use.
There you go, if you are a curious Windows user like myself and want to try other operating systems on your machine I think the easiest way to go is through UNetbootin. Create a bootable USB disk, reboot and install the new operating system, with or without giving up on the old one. Now please excuse me, I have to reboot and install Linux Mint 7. Stay tuned to find out how it went 😉
If you have any trouble with this software just leave a comment, I’ll help you out! If you know better free programs in the same category, please let me know!