CD-USBOne of my favorite new tools is UNetbootin. UNetbootin is a standalone binary, which runs on both Linux and Windows, that will create a bootable USB drive just about anything from FreeBSD to Gentoo to Ubuntu. It will even go out and retrieve the ISO images from the respective repository and build the bootable drive on the fly. Just select ‘Ubuntu – 10.04_Live’, go grab a cup of coffee, and you’ll be ready to rock and roll when you get back.

Aside from convenience, the other reason I really like this little program is that I have stacks of CDs laying around that I used once to do an install or just needed a live CD, then never used them again. Being a person that hates waste and extra stuff on my desk, this is annoying. USB flash drives are dirt cheap now ($10 for 4GB at the time of this writing) making this a really attractive alternative to CD-Rs. Give it a shot and tell the folks over at UNetbootin to keep up the good work.