Burning bootable USB drives, SD cards etc

A short note because I can never remember the name of the contending tools for this task. TBH we do not truly need a specialised app for this; on posix systems there is the dd command which will happily make bootable drives, but sometimes it is nice to have a couple of bonus features, such as making drives that you can write additional files to

  • rufus (Windows)is a boot drive maker which is free and open source and maintained and thus possibly less suspect than some competitors.
  • balenaEtcher
  • UNetbootin still seems to work but is somewhat suspect, and gives warnings if you use it for e.g. Debian
  • popsicle: Multiple USB File Flasher is I think linux only and seems to be simple

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