Consider using Win32 Disk Imager to install from Windows
dd for Windows with a simple GUI. In other words, it should keep working as long as our
dd instructions work.
#4 Updated by anonym about 2 years ago
- Status changed from New to Confirmed
Does UUI work for UEFI boot? If it does, then this proposal brings a serious regression.
For the record,
dd-type installation doesn't work with UEFI in our automated test suite. I verified with:
Scenario: bla Given a computer And the computer is set to boot in UEFI mode Given I temporarily create a 4 GiB disk named "isohybrid" And I write the Tails ISO image to disk "isohybrid" When I start Tails from USB drive "isohybrid" with network unplugged and I login
(last step fails at UEFI boot menu)
#9 Updated by intrigeri almost 2 years ago
- Assignee changed from anonym to sajolida
I don't have access to a UEFI computer so I cannot test UUI on UEFI.
anonym: Can you do that?
Moved this to #14959: it's somewhat off-topic here, and it makes little sense to me to block on this test before sajolida can make progress here.
#12 Updated by sajolida over 1 year ago
- Status changed from Confirmed to Rejected
- Assignee deleted (
I'm rejecting this ticket because:
- Win32 is extremelly slow and has other UX glitches.
- ISO images installed using dd (or similar tools) fail to boot on UEFI while UUI works on some (despite having an MBR partition table).
So switching from UUI to Win32 Disk Images would be at least a regression on quite a few UEFI laptops.
- Subject changed from Replace UUI with Win32 Disk Imager to Consider using Win32 Disk Imager to install from Windows
- Status changed from Rejected to Confirmed
- Target version changed from Tails_3.6 to Tails_3.14
Now that we are distributing USB images, the UEFI problem should be solved. After seeing #16381, I think it's worth testing Win32 Disk Imager again.
#21 Updated by sajolida about 2 months ago
- Status changed from Confirmed to In Progress
- Type of work changed from Research to Discuss
It has seen 5 releases in 6 years and the last one was in March 2017. The previous one was in March 2014. So very little energy is put into it and I'm not sure that it qualifies as being maintained.
In terms of UX, it's pretty simple but I'm worried about the following glitches:
- It has no portable version. You have to go through an installer and put it in your menus, etc. On top of the annoyance, I wonder whether this brings in more limitation on which Windows system it can be used on.
- It takes into account USB sticks plugged in after starting (Rawrite32 doesn't do that).
- Download is 12M vs 76M for Etcher and 2.2M for Rawrite32.
- Writing time is 5m17s which is good.
- It doesn't do a verification pass like Etcher does.
- The USB stick boots fine but I'm not sure how to check the integrity of the data (doing sha512sum on the device or the partition doesn't seem to work but maybe I did something wrong).
So Win32 Disk Imager could be a good alternative to Etcher. It's a shame that it requires an installer and it's less maintained than Rawrite32.