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Why Etcher makes burning images simpler and safer
Pete Wood
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Geek, Blogger, Gadget Junkie, Crisp addict, Technology Evangelist. ***If you meet me, ask me for the Pete and Greet Badge code.*** DesignSpark Team. twitter - @petenwood

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May 10, 2016 13:06

I run OpenSUSE and Kubuntu and the program k3b does a good job of burning images for the Raspberry.

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April 26, 2016 00:27

Per Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dd_%28Unix%29):

"The name dd is an allusion to the DD statement found in IBM's Job Control Language (JCL),[3][4] in which the initials stand for "Data Description".[5] The command's syntax resembles the JCL statement more than it does other Unix commands, so the syntax may have been a joke.[3]"

And my own thoughts re: dd

The command fits in a category reminiscent of an earlier time, when computer resources were limited. Symbolic addresses took more resources (code and memory) to interpret and manage, vs physical addresses that took nothing more than conversion from ASCII or EBCDIC to binary to process. Early job control languages and command line utilities could handle a wide range of tasks despite their limited resources, as long as the humans were their to specify and manage the physical addresses. (I can remember being "assigned" space on the school district's shared disk, with my space defined as a given volume, starting track, and number of tracks.) The debug utility with the original PC-DOS / MS-DOS also allowed writing from ram directly to physical disk sectors. It gives you great power when trying to bootstrap the creation of a system (hardware and OS), but also gives you unbridled power to shoot yourself in the foot - or the heart, or brain, so to speak. So it is nice to know of a freely available utility (Etcher) that lets one create images for the Pi, etc, without so much exposure to accidental hazards.

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