Saturday, February 16, 2013

Mac Linux USB Loader: Nearing Closer to First Release!

Mac Linux USB Loader, my flagship tool for installing a Linux distribution ISO non-destructively to a USB device, has a reached a point where I consider it to be stable enough for end-user use, although I am still not yet ready for a 1.0 release. The tool, which copies an ISO file of a Linux distribution to a USB device along with firmware which makes it boot, will likely have its 1.0 release in March. Therefore, I will calling this release the 1.0 Consumer Preview.
As implied by the name, the tool does still have some rough edges and possibly some bugs. However, I consider it to be entirely stable. It is designed to work with OS X Lion and Mountain Lion, though the tool has only undergone extensive testing on the latter and only compiles on that OS X version.

As the below screen will show, the application has a newly revamped preferences window:
The installation window remains largely the same, though it has undergone some cosmetic changes:
Well, there you have it. I look forward to releasing the tool very soon.