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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:34 pm    Post subject: Creating Live USB Stick on Ubuntu. Reply with quote

Hello Everyone,

I am new to Gentoo and Linux distros in general. I am currently been working on Ubuntu and I have about 500GB of free space coz I finally got rid of Windows. So I thought of downloading Gentoo and putting it in there. I downloaded the livedvd-x86-amd64-32ul-20160704.iso from the Gentoo site. And I am looking to create a Live bootable disk on my USB. The problem is, all the tools that I have don't recognize the ISO. I tried the Startup Disk Creator that comes with Ubuntu, but that doesn't seem to read the ISO or does anything really. Can you please tell me some other options I have to get this done. I know installation is whole different ball game, but at least I need to get over this hurdle first.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

first recommendation to check checksum of downloaded iso file:
Code:
https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Complete_Handbook/Versions_media_installation_concerns

If it is correct, you can run:
Code:
dd if=path_to_gentoo.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=512K; sync

You should change /dev/sdX to path to your usb stick, do find it run this:
Code:
sudo fdisk -l
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah thanks! I will give it a try. Will this format the flash drive? I have some important files on it.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can also use the cross-platform application balenaEtcher https://www.balena.io/etcher/
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hell_storm2004 wrote:
Ah thanks! I will give it a try. Will this format the flash drive? I have some important files on it.

Yes, it will format the flash drive.
Don't forget to mark topic as solved. If this helps you.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hell_storm2004,

Don't do that. The livedvd-x86-amd64-32ul-20160704.iso is almost 3 years old and there is no installer there anyway.
Its only intended to test Gentoo without installing it. As everything on the DVD is compressed, everything is slow to load.

Boot your Ubuntu, As root, run
Code:
mkdir /mnt/gentoo
now follow the Gentoo Handbook.

The install media, here, your Ubuntu, is just a toolkit to accomplish the install.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh I see. Looked at the 2.3 GB size and thought it would be the right one!! :P
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hell_storm2004,

You are the Gentoo Installer.
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