We appeared at the open source bootable USB tool Ventoy back in April 2020 when it first got here out. The developer has been very energetic in the meantime; motive sufficient to take one other look at the utility to search out out what has modified and improved.
Ventoy creates bootable USB units utilizing ISO photographs. That sounds an terrible lot like what established programs such as Rufus do at first, however while you notice that it places the ISO photographs on the drive and doesn’t extract them, it turns into fascinating.
Even higher, it’s attainable to position a number of ISO photographs on the USB gadget after it has been ready by Ventoy; this lets you boot into totally different Linux techniques or set up totally different variations of Windows straight from a single USB gadget.
My preliminary evaluation appeared at Ventoy 1.zero.06. The latest model, launched simply two days in the past, is Ventoy 1.zero.12. The interface has not modified all that a lot, however performance has improved considerably.
One of the greatest modifications was launched simply days after my preliminary launch. Ventoy 1.zero.07 launched help for Secure Boot. Other modifications embody help for altering the filesystem of the first partition (ntfs/udf/xfs/ext2/ext3/ext4), persistence help for varied Linux distributions resembling Ubuntu or Linux Mint, and help for auto-installation.
Persistence help permits customers to save lots of modifications made to a Live system. Ventoy helps persistence for choose Linux distributions. The course of is barely sophisticated as it’s essential to edit a JSON file to outline a persistence array. You can try the documentation on the Ventoy web site for directions on how to do this.
Auto-installation works equally. It too requires modifying a JSON configuration file to allow unattended deployment help.
The latest model of Ventoy launched a number of new options and enhancements. It provides help for booting wim information immediately (legacy BIOS and UEFI). It lets you boot immediately from disk with none extra reminiscence necessities. The system utilizing the native Windows bootloader (legacy + UEFI), and it’s attainable to customise the configuration utilizing the bcd file.
Both persistence and auto-installation plugins had been up to date. Persistence helps multiple persistence backed picture file in the new launch, and auto-installation lets you specify multiple auto set up script for an ISO file. Last however not least, help improved for brand spanking new ISO photographs.
Ventoy is a strong tool to create bootable USB units. One of its essential appeals is that you just put ISO photographs immediately on the gadget as an alternative of getting to extract them, one other that it helps a number of ISO photographs. Support for safe boot, wim photographs, and unattended installations have improved it considerably.
Now You: Have you tried Ventoy not too long ago? What is your expertise with the tool?