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Factory USB Images

May 4th, 2009 by

If you’re interested in USB images, I’m publishing factory USB images built in the build service. They are completely fresh and see no testing at all, so if you find a problem, send me a patch 🙂

They are compressed .bz2, so the download is roughly the same as a CD ISO, but they are actually .raw images. So you can deploy them on a USB stick and carry around your personal linux hard drive. But you will need something > 3G. Installing them is pretty easy.

Put your USB stick in your computer, then check /dev/disk/by-id/usb* for the name of your stick. Mine is named /dev/disk/by-id/usb-Kingston_DataTraveler_II+_5B751D8C1994-0:0. You can double check by looking if it points to the same sdX that you see last in dmesg. Like this:

sd 29:0:0:0: [sde] Assuming drive cache: write through
sde: sde2
sd 29:0:0:0: [sde] Attached SCSI removable disk

desdemona:~ # ls -l /dev/disk/by-id/usb-Kingston_DataTraveler_II+_5B751D8C1994-0:0
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 4. Mai 15:47 /dev/disk/by-id/usb-Kingston_DataTraveler_II+_5B751D8C1994-0:0 -> ../../sde

Bot are sde – fine. What partitions are on it, doesn’t matter – all data will be erased by this.

Now the command (for gnome.x86_64 – there are 3 other choices):

wget -O - http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/openSUSE:/Factory:/Live/images/openSUSE-11.2-usb-gnome.x86_64-2.8.0-Build18.1.raw.bz2 | bzcat | dd of=/dev/disk/by-id/usb-Kingston_DataTraveler_II+_5B751D8C1994-0:0 bs=4M

Depending on the speed of your USB stick, this can take a while, but the good thing is that this command doesn’t require any temporary space. My stick is a very fast one and it takes around 10 minutes to download and “burn”. After that, either reboot or put the stick in the computer you like to boot. On first boot, it will expand to the size of your USB stick, creating another partition.

Note that this images come without live installer, but you can of course zypper in yast2-live-installer and xdg-su -c /sbin/yast2 live-installer.

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4 Responses to “Factory USB Images”

  1. Dich

    hi Stephan,
    Thanks for the images, I’ve been searching for them since quite a while, till succeeded to make one from the LiveCD today!
    Just one question – what are the tar.gz files in the same location and how are they to be used ?
    Thanks again!

  2. Very good job !!!
    If openSUSE can make this image regularly, it will become a good advertisement for OpenSUSE.

    Adi Nugroho

  3. Xil

    Very nice, got it working on a laptop, except for the silly broadcom whireless and the nvidia card, drivers wont install because of kernel dependencies.

    More intresting is my main PC, runs 11.0 very smooth, the usb image goes through the installing and when you reach login screen both mouse and keyboard (usb) stop working, got to puzzle that one out 🙂

  4. ninjafury

    I did this exactly, and when I boot up from it, the opensuse screen shows and I selest usb oem install. Then, it loads and freezes, when I check the working terminal window by pressing alt+f2/3, I see the log saying it can’t load ‘sysimage’ from sysconfig, and that the system will reboot.

    I’m using the kde amd64 11.2 usb image. I also tried loading it in safe mode, but the same thing happened. What should I do?