YUMI from PenDriveLinux.com is a Windows-only utility program to enable a USB flash drive to easily boot into multiple Linux
and other utility software collections. By default, in order to simplify the process, we will only use YUMI to create the basic YUMI
boot menu structure (SYSLINUX/GRUB) to allow multibooting. This requires starting YUMI, selecting the correct USB drive letter, clicking on the FORMAT box, and selecting
a "fake" dummy ISO file (empty.iso) needed to create that basic structure.
The Gooplusplus Multiboot METEOR collection fits on a USB flash drive as small as 4GB and leaves enough room for an optional 300MB "persistence" file used by Ubuntu-based Linux distros like Puppy Linux. This Goo++ collection includes a bootable Android X86 distro, 6 Linux distros, DOS, disk partitioner, and 3 useful collections of various Linux/Windows/DOS computer tools and utilities. For those who want less, you can start with our "mini" 650MB collection (torrent). Addon distros are compatible with both mini and meteor.
For safety, it is recommend that you remove all other USB hard drives and USB flash drives before starting.
You should have arrived at this web document from a selection on the click-THIS.cmd menu.
You will only do the SanDiskFIX / YUMI / usbMBR procedure once.
All of the rest is running a self-extracting EXE file to auto-load selected Linux and utility distributions on to your USB flash drive.
TWO PARTS: (1) Multiboot METEOR collection Basic Install (2) optional "addOn" LINUX and TOOLS
Gooplusplus divides the distro collections into two parts. We chose 32-bit versions for greatest compatibility on both 32-bit and 64-bit computers. In the future, we will add a new and different 64-bit "addon" collection. (You can mix and match 32-bit and 64-bit distros.)
The METEOR and (optional) ADDON distro collections can be downloaded via bittorrent or directly from Google Drive links. The addOn Linux and Utilities distro EXEs should only be run (added) after METEOR is already installed on your USB flash drive. The addOn distros (self-extracting EXE files) can be download individually or as a set. Run them from your hard drive's click-THIS.cmd menu.
(1) Do a usb+multiboot+gooplusplus+2013 torrent search by clicking these links:
H33T search -or-
(2) Direct Download (Google Drive): METEOR folder / files download + OPTIONS: addon : distros
Google Drive AddOn distros: drag & drop addon-*.EXE files from browser to PC's usb-multiboot-meteor directory (folder)
(1) METEOR: The small yet exceptionally useful METEOR collection contains small, fast and friendly Linux and Utility distros. You can view a list of distro contents in the table at the top of this web document. This METEOR collection can fit on a 4GB USB flash drive and still have room for a 300MB persistence file used by the included Precise Puppy Linux distro. Besides normal bittorrent downloading, you can download a folder with all files necessary for installation from a fast Google Drive account: /usb-multiboot-meteor (4GB).
(2) AddOn : distros Unlike METEOR, with the addOn : distros collection, each Linux distro will have its own self-extracting EXE file. For distros that you do not want (e.g, GnuGuitarinix or Ubuntu), just uncheck the appropriate box in the torrent file's listing to speed up bittorrent downloading. You can also add other distros using YUMI. [ Edit your USB \multiboot\menu\addon.cfg. ]
The Linux distros in the addON : distros collection were chosen for relatively small size (all but Ubuntu are under
700MB), speed, variety, and unique features. If you add/install all of these addOn distros, you will need at least a 16GB USB flash drive.
(1) You can use 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB USB flash drives. To install to larger size USB flash drives, you may want to (option) partition the drive. For larger (8GB+) USB drives, we recommend that you leave at least 1GB available for persistence file use.
Be aware that Windows can only see the first partition on a removable USB drive. Linux, however, can see more partitions so you can resize and create extra partitions for persistence files, data storage, swap files, etc.
(2) Do NOT try to install UBCD.iso (Ultimate Boot CD) unless your USB flash drive is 8GB or larger. UBCD will not fit on a 4GB flash drive with the METEOR distro collection installed. It may cause your entire installation process to fail. OTOH, if you are installing to 8GB or larger USB flash drives, UBCD.iso should be installed as the first distro (instead of empty.iso) for UBCD to work properly.
(3) Unlike the earlier Puppy-Racy distro, Puppy-Precise may not boot into the main screen on the first try. Instead, on the first boot, Puppy-Precise adds drivers and then saves a custom setup to a USB persistence file. After that, Puppy-Precise should load normally upon the first reboot. It will then load faster on next reboot. We are not sure why Puppy-Precise does this (Puppy-Racy did not), but we decided that the newer Puppy-Precise will be included instead of Puppy-Racy because Puppy-Precise offers longer support.
(4) By default, all Gooplusplus/YUMI menu setup *.cfg files are included for all distros in METEOR plus AddOn:distros. Since most people will not install the entire 2-part collection, you may want to edit USB:\multiboot\menu\addon.cfg or USB:\multiboot\syslinux.cfg to delete menu entries that you will not be using. There are edit options available on the click-THIS.cmd menu.
(5) You can (optionally) add or remove other Linux and utility distros by running the YUMI program. Make sure that you DO NOT format your USB flash drive a second time (removing all of your USB Linux setup). You will be limited to distros from YUMI's list. While you can "Try an Unlisted ISO", most of the time it won't work. Since new Linux distro versions are always being released, YUMI is updated fairly frequently. It is best to download and use the latest YUMI version in order to install both later + more distro versions.
(6) Once you have installed your YUMI-compatible METEOR distros, you can reboot your PC. On most PCs, you can keep pressing the F12 key until you get a boot menu. Select your USB drive and then your custom YUMI menu should start up quickly.
(7) Why use YUMI instead of other Linux-based multiboot software? First, YUMI is well known and it works fairly predictably. We have briefly tried a few other multiboot systems but they seemed more difficult and less predictable. Second, there are many more Windows users than Linux users. To encourage Windows users to try Linux, we especialy tried to make this easier for them. More advanced Linux users should be able to access a Windows PC to create their own USB multiboot. Finally, we will still be researching cross-platform multiboot software that works both in Windows and Linux (sorry, Mac).
(8) Send comments, suggestions, or questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org -- Bob Carroll, Las Vegas