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Re: Recommend Balena Etcher for creating bootable disks

On Tue, Aug 17, 2021 at 10:21:18PM +0530, Pirate Praveen wrote:
> Hi,
> At https://www.debian.org/CD/faq/#write-usb I think Balena Etcher [1] should
> be recommended either replacing win32diskmanager or in addition to it. This
> is very easy to use and also works on Mac OS.
> [1] https://www.balena.io/etcher/
> Thanks
> Praveen
> Note: please cc me on replies

No - under no circumstances, in my opinion. It doesn't add very much to
what we have.

It is not stable software. It's distributed as a flatpak so anybody who
really wants it can install it. It's an Electron app which means that it's
huge and has interesting security problems.

It works relatively well for SD cards: I am not yet convinced that it
works as well for USB sticks.You might as well suggest Raspberry Pi imager
from the Raspberry Pi Foundation - their Ubuntu package sadly doesn't 
work at all on Debian :(

I have used it, but, to be honest the potential downsides massively outweigh
the benefits.

All the very best, as ever,

Andy Cater

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