• Recommmend Balena Etcher for creating bootable disks

    From Andrew M.A. Cater@21:1/5 to Ravi Dwivedi on Tue Aug 24 14:20:01 2021
    Forwarded to the list after fat fingering the address

    Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2021 12:07:47 +0000
    From: "Andrew M.A. Cater" <amacater@einval.com>
    To: Ravi Dwivedi <ravi@ravidwivedi.in>
    Cc: debian-cd@einval.com
    Subject: Re: Recommend Balena Etcher for creating bootable disks

    On Tue, Aug 24, 2021 at 01:29:38AM +0530, Ravi Dwivedi wrote:
    On Tue, Aug 17, 2021 at 10:21:18PM +0530, Pirate Praveen wrote:

    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/


    Note: please cc me on replies

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

    Does Balena Etcher has security problems or in general, electron apps have security problems?

    Electron apps in general are rather large for what they do and the framework has security problems as I understand it.

    It works relatively well for SD cards: I am not yet convinced that it
    works as well for USB sticks.

    Balena Etcher works well for me in Debian. I downloaded an appimage from their website and I flash my USB drives using Balena Etcher. It is very easy to use as well. Therefore, I think that Balena Etcher should be recommended.

    PS: Please CC me (ravi at ravidwivedi.in) in your replies as I am not in the mailing list.
    (This is a reply to

    Happy to CC you in this instance since you have expressly requested this.
    In general terms, it would be useful to subscribe to a mailing list if you
    post a reply to it / engage in discussion on it.

    It's not ideal: appimages and flatpaks are also not necessarily ideal.
    At the end of the day, it's a file copying app. A 91.2MB zip file of
    random stuff requiring an extra entire framework to support it - meh, there must be easier, more secure ways.

    Ravi Dwivedi
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    All the very best, as ever,

    Andy Cater

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