At present, when we are going to create a bootable USB from Linux, many of us tend to choose options such as an app to create bootable discs or, who has recently gained a lot of popularity, Etcher. But this has not always been the case, at least on Windows and macOS, where a widely used tool was UNetbootin, one that personally makes the strip that I don't use and that I found out today, thanks to linux uprising, of which they have recently released a new version.
What has been available for a few days is UNetbootin 700, an update that comes with news such as that now uses Qt 5.12. Probably, that its fame has declined is due to the fact that it disappeared from the official repositories of most Linux distributions, becoming available from the developer website or, as we will explain later, through unofficial channels.
UNetbootin 700 highlights
UNetbootin maintains its features, such as the ability to create Live USBs with persistent storage, but only for Ubuntu-based systems. The highlights of this version are the following:
- Now use Qt 5.12, making the jump from Qt4.
- Official support for Ubuntu 20.10, Linux Mint 19.3 and Linux Mint 20.
- Some sudo wizards like gksu and kdesu have been removed.
As discussed, it is likely that the first of the above news will make UNetbootin return to the official repositories of some distributions. If not, you can always use the version that we can download from the developer's website (link above). I can confirm that Arch Linux based distributions, like Arch itself or Manjaro, have it available in AUR, so its installation from Pamac is as simple as looking for the program and installing it, for which we will have to "Build" it previously (automatically if the graphical tool offered by Manjaro is used).
With Etcher and how long it's been UNetbootin outside official repositoriesI am not sure if this is great news for many of our readers, but it is news and we have told you about it.