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Feature #16553

Consider using Rawrite32 to install from Windows

Added by sajolida 8 months ago. Updated 3 months ago.

Status:
In Progress
Priority:
Normal
Assignee:
-
Category:
Installation
Target version:
-
Start date:
03/13/2019
Due date:
% Done:

0%

Feature Branch:
Type of work:
Discuss
Blueprint:
Starter:
Affected tool:

Rawrite32.png View (21.6 KB) sajolida, 07/20/2019 07:26 PM


Related issues

Related to Tails - Feature #16381: Investigate the outgoing network connections of Etcher In Progress 01/21/2019
Related to Tails - Feature #14447: Consider using Win32 Disk Imager to install from Windows In Progress 08/24/2017
Blocks Tails - Feature #16688: Core work 2019Q3 → 2019Q4: User experience Confirmed

History

#1 Updated by sajolida 8 months ago

  • Related to Feature #16381: Investigate the outgoing network connections of Etcher added

#2 Updated by CyrilBrulebois 6 months ago

  • Target version changed from Tails_3.14 to Tails_3.15

#3 Updated by sajolida 6 months ago

  • Blocks Feature #16080: Core work 2018Q4 → 2019Q2: User experience added

#4 Updated by sajolida 6 months ago

  • Blocks deleted (Feature #16080: Core work 2018Q4 → 2019Q2: User experience)

#5 Updated by sajolida 6 months ago

  • Blocks Feature #16688: Core work 2019Q3 → 2019Q4: User experience added

#6 Updated by sajolida 6 months ago

  • Target version changed from Tails_3.15 to Tails_3.16

#7 Updated by sajolida 4 months ago

  • File Rawrite32.png View added
  • Status changed from Confirmed to In Progress
  • Type of work changed from Test to Discuss

Done!

It has seen 10 releases in 16 years and the last one was in June 2019. In the past years there has been around 1 release each year. So it's still maintained but little energy is put into it.

In terms of UX, it's pretty simple but I'm worried about the following glitches:

  1. It has a portable version: GOOD!
  2. It automatically calculates hashes when selecting the image. We will have to give the SHAAAA! otherwise will get us into troubles on our help desk.
  3. It doesn't take into account USB sticks that are plugged in after Rawrite32 is started.
  4. The file choose doesn't list IMG files by default.
  5. At the end, it gives a different hash written to disk than the image. That's weird and will get us into troubles on our help desk.
  6. Download is 2.2M vs 76M for Etcher and 12M for Win32 Disk Imager.
  7. Writing time is 5m25s which is good.
  8. It doesn't do a verification pass like Etcher does.
  9. 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 Rawrite32 would be a good alternative to Etcher if (7) is solved or we can prevent it from displaying hashes by default (2), until then it will scare people.

#8 Updated by sajolida 4 months ago

  • Related to Feature #14447: Consider using Win32 Disk Imager to install from Windows added

#9 Updated by sajolida 3 months ago

  • Assignee deleted (sajolida)
  • Target version deleted (Tails_3.16)

I did my part as UX team.

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