Gooplusplus YUMI-based Multiboot "Kudos" RESCUE (850MB) Instructions and Documentation 

YUMI from is a Windows and Linux utility program which enables a USB flash drive to easily boot into multiple Linux and other utility software collections. In order to simplify the process (and save a lot of time), we only use YUMI to create the basic YUMI boot/menu structure (syslinux/grub) for 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. We then uncompress KUDOS-rescue.exe to add all "real" content to your newly created USB YUMI Multiboot flash drive. KUDOS-rescue.exe contains our favorite new fast lightweight and yet full featured Puppy Linux distribution plus the most useful utility and rescue software.

The Gooplusplus Multiboot 2014 KUDOS "rescue" collection fits on a 1GB or larger USB flash drive. A USB stick of 2GB or more is required to add USB persistence file storage (for saving user settings and data, etc.)

Our 850MB "rescue" is fourth in our series of 2014 KUDOS Linux collections. Our 850MB Gooplusplus Multiboot KUDOS "mini" and 4GB 32-bit & 64-bit collections contain some of the best Linux distros based on Ubuntu, Debian, Slackware, and Puppy using several desktop environments and windows managers: KDE, XFCE, LXDE and Openbox. Visit our Goo++ USB multiboot collections.

For safety, before starting installation, we recommend that you eject and remove all other USB hard drives and USB flash drives.

You should have arrived at this web document from a selection on the click-START.cmd or click-START-WinXP menu.

[ For SanDisk USB drives, run SANDISKFIX (below right) first. ] To begin, start YUMI, select USB drive letter, click FORMAT box. Next, cursor down to bottom of distro list to Try Unlisted ISO (Grub), click BROWSE button and select "empty.iso". Next, click YUMI's CREATE button. You will not directly install any Linux distros via YUMI. So, you can exit YUMI and return to the click-START.cmd menu.

Next, we recommend (option) that you change the USB flash drive's MBR type to UltraISO. This helps to ensure that the USB flash drive is bootable on a wider variety of PC's and notebooks. The (BootICE) usbMBR utility does not affect files on your USB drive.

  Download:(1) KAT torrent search ( usb+multiboot+gooplusplus )    (2) c|net or softpedia: USB MULTIBOOT (Kudos "rescue")

After SanDiskFIX (option), YUMI "empty.ISO" and usbMBR actions, run KUDOS-rescue.exe to transfer Linux and software to USB.

Our favorite Puppy Linux distro, LX Pup Tahr 14.09, is fast, small and up-to-date. LX Pup Tahr has greater compatibility with newer Ubuntu packages than other Puppy distros. Precise Pup Rescue is a Puppy Linux utility distro compatible with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. PPR is a modern Linux distro with over 40 utility and rescue programs - faster and less than half of the size of other rescue distros.

Our custom rescue and utility Hiren's Boot CD Lite distro contains a compressed micro version of WinXP plus many dozens of utility programs for Windows, DOS and Linux. We also added extra software and many unix commands. Even so, overall size was reduced to one third of the original Hiren's Boot CD by removing outdated and redundant antivirus and partition software and carefully selecting and removing utility programs that were less effective or problem prone. The cross-platfrom Partition Wizard "minitool" (with partition recovery) has been added to this collection as a different alternative to LX Pup's Gparted partition manager.


(1)  For alternative Install from Linux without the Windows click-START.cmd script:

      •   Download Debian or Ubuntu version of YUMI.
      •   Run YUMI to format and create YUMI USB boot menu structure by installing the included fake "empty.iso"
      •   Rename KUDOS-rescue.exe to KUDOS-rescue.7z and extract distros and files to your USB drive.

(2)  You can use 1GB, 2GB or larger USB flash drives. Try to leave 1GB available for (optional) persistence files.

(3)  You can add and remove new Linux and utility distros with the YUMI program. 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 (or possibly rename a closely related distro). It is best to download and use the latest YUMI version in order to install newer Linux distros and utility software.

(4)  On older PCs, some USB flash drives will boot from USB better than others. For example, we had good luck with Kingston (Toshiba) USB flash drives but we have had problems with older SanDisk and newer Patriot USB flash drives. Your PC may be the opposite. If one USB flash drive will not boot on an older PC, trying a different type may work.

(5)  Once you have installed your YUMI 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.

(6)  Why use YUMI instead of other Linux-based multiboot software? 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. We also considered that 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.

Send comments, suggestions, or questions to: -- Bob Carroll, Las Vegas