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#1 2021-12-11 01:21:16

Altoid
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Interesting article - Ventoy

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#2 2021-12-11 01:42:34

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Re: Interesting article - Ventoy

Ventoy is very good - been using it for a while. I have a 32 GB USB stick. If I want to try a new iso, just copy it onto the USB - no 'burning a USB' or anything. I have many things on there. I boot to it, and there's a menu of all the iso's, and you pick one and it boots. It is a marvel - it just works.

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#3 2021-12-11 17:57:57

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Re: Interesting article - Ventoy

I tried it when it was first announced, but it used MS file system Exfat, so didn't get very far with it, but now it uses an ext filesystem & works great. smile

(I only use a 16GB pendrive, but have plenty of choices to select from.)

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#4 2021-12-11 20:11:48

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Re: Interesting article - Ventoy

I'm using multibootusb, it still works but looks unmaintained...
https://github.com/mbusb/multibootusb

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#5 2021-12-11 21:36:56

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Re: Interesting article - Ventoy

I keep Trisquel and Void and Devuan on a ventoy 16GB stick. Very handy, especially the ability to have different live environments to jump into, or to be able to chroot into one of my different installed systems.

I found through a lot of time consuming trial and error that the Guix distro will not install from a Ventoy stick, although the Guix live environment works fine on Ventoy.


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#6 2021-12-12 08:47:10

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Re: Interesting article - Ventoy

Why do people need so many live images? I find that a bit strange tbh.


To obtain a root shell use su -. Using just su will result in "command not found" messages.

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#7 2021-12-12 09:44:23

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Re: Interesting article - Ventoy

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

Why do people need so many live images?

I have a bunch of USB devices with instalers of a few versions of Devuan, both 32 bits and 64 bits, and live rescue systems, just in case.
A solution like Ventoy could save me a few sticks. Using it is in my "to do" list.

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#8 2021-12-12 10:10:44

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Re: Interesting article - Ventoy

PedroReina wrote:

live rescue systems, just in case

But the Devuan ISO image has a rescue mode which lets you open a shell in the installed system with a working internet connection without having to manually chroot in with the API filesystems (bind) mounted. It's *much* easier and more convenient than random live ISO images.


To obtain a root shell use su -. Using just su will result in "command not found" messages.

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#9 2021-12-12 12:52:08

hevidevi
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Re: Interesting article - Ventoy

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

Why do people need so many live images? I find that a bit strange tbh.

Curiosity i suppose. I dont see any need for it myself. I will generally dd an iso to a stick and try it out then get rid of it. Except for knoppix releases cause they are invaluable and i generally collect each release on its own usb stick for historical reasons.

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#10 2021-12-12 18:48:20

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Re: Interesting article - Ventoy

Why use Ventoy, because you can demo various live distros to potential users, you can have one pendrive with different distros for different machines, think 32bit & 64bit, or even have a command line distro.

For personal 'rescue' purposes, I would use the same distro as was installed, if possible.

Is Ventoy really 'needed'? Probably not, but why not use it when it is available. smile

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#11 2021-12-13 11:38:33

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Re: Interesting article - Ventoy

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

But the Devuan ISO image has a rescue mode...

I understand your point. But I was thinking on fully graphical systems, like System Rescue CD, for instance. Sometimes I want to check a new computer, wipe out a hard drive, and prepare some unusual partition scheme. And using System Rescue CD (or Knoppix, or similar) for these tasks is very comfortable. And I don't want to talk of others OS we usually are not very fond of here smile ...

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#12 2021-12-14 06:47:27

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Re: Interesting article - Ventoy

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

Why do people need so many live images? I find that a bit strange tbh.

I agree with this, when you say: "dozens of live-linuxes".

But somebody, who is working in repair or service for computers would be happy to have an "All-in-one-stick", for example with:
- something like "System-Rescue-CD", not matter which one you prefer here
- a Windows-PE environment (or two or three)
- software for creating images of whole harddisks, like ACRONIS or what ever (may be also more than one for compatibilty-reasons)
- some diagnostics-programs

Of course "ventoy" does nothing, which one could not also do with SYSLINUX or GRUB! But it seems to be much more "comfortable"!

Best Regards, FM_81


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