UNetbootin means Universal Netboot Installer, it allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for Windows and other Linux distributions without burning a CD.
It runs on both Windows MacOS and Linux. You can either let UNetbootin download one of the many distributions supported out-of-the-box for you, or supply your own Windows or Linux .iso file if you’ve already downloaded one or your preferred distribution isn’t on the list.
Advantages of bootable USB sticks with UNetbootin
There are some clear advantages of bootable USB flash drives over CDs/DVDs : Your notebook doesn’t have an optical drive or it’s broken. You can carry around a fully functional operating system on your keyring… Data can be stored on the flash drive while on Live CDs you can’t.
Most likely you will want to install a Linux distribution, or a Windows distribution you have the .iso file.
A bootable USB drive can also come incredibly handy when you have to backup your broken computer, and there are a lot more scenarios.
UNetbootin has built-in support for numerous distributions, including Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, PCLinuxOS, Linux Mint, ArchLinux, Debian, CentOS, Frugalware, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and Parted Magic, though many other distributions can also be installed via an existing ISO or floppy/hard disk image file.
UNetbootin is a simple and effective Live USB creator
It is cross-platform (available for Windows and Linux), with a non-destructive install (does not format the device) using Syslinux.
It supports mainstream Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, CentOS, Debian, Gentoo, Linux Mint, Arch Linux, Mandriva, Mepis, Slackware as well as FreeDOS, FreeBSD and NetBSD.
It can load a variety of system utilities, such as Ophcrack, BackTrack. And other operating systems can be loaded via pre-downloaded ISO image or floppy/hard drive disk image files.
It is a living project, on which a living community is working.
If you like the idea, if you wish to participate to the future development of the software, if you wish to donate to the development team, or if you wish to express your written enthusiasm to the developpers, there are many ways to help and support the developing team !
Tutorials & Help
Questions about the use of UNetbootin?
To get your answer, you can look and the official source (official project site, official forum and FAQ).
Other versions and alternatives
As there are many operating systems, some specific port of the software can exist.
And have a look on other software alternatives that can interest you too.
They can be mere open-souce like UNetbootin, or Proprietary (Freeware, Shareware) and can possibly feed your need or requirement.