On Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:30:19 -0700
Matt Graham <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On 2018-06-12 14:06, Stephen Partington wrote:
> > Generally speaking I do not use a CD/DVD to install an OS. I haven't
> > for quite some time. I use a combination of Rufus and etcher to
> > write installation media to [a] USB drive.
> Wait, what? Why would you need any utilities at all to do that?
> Also, there are no ebuilds for "rufus" or "etcher" in a
> recently-synced portage tree.
> All you need to do is "dd if=distroname-1.2.3.iso of=/dev/sdN
> bs=32k", making sure that sdN refers to the USB disk you wish to
> overwrite with the distro installation image. BIOSes are smart
> enough to invoke El Torito when they boot from a USB disk and see an
> ISO or UDF image on it. At least IME. (If YMMV, tell us details.)
My experience, several years ago (probably 2011) was that some distros'
install DVD image dd'ed to a thumbdrive worked perfectly, while other
distros' DVD image dd'ed to a thumbdrive wouldn't boot.