Linux is a great operating system to learn how to use. With the help of Linux live USBs and CDs you can test out a Linux distribution without installing it on your Machine. You can always install Linux in VirtualBox, but this method will take up hard drive space unlike a live USB or CD. Since CDs or DVDs are being phased out lets focus on how to create a live USB. In Windows, there are a bunch of tools you can use to create a live USB. One of our favorite methods is to format a flash drive with diskpart and then make it bootable by using UNetbootin. UNetbootin works on Windows and Mac OS X. But for this how to article we will be using Mac Linux USB Loader to create a Linux Live USB.
Create a Linux Live USB in Mac OS X
Mac Linux USB Loader only works in Mac OS 10. 5 and above. So make sure you are all up to date if you can. You can download Mac Linux USB Loader from Github. When you are down downloading Mac Linux USB Loader go ahead and launch the application.
If you have problems opening the application because of Gate Keeper, make sure you allow apps from all locations. When Mac Linux USB Loader opens you will be at the main screen. From this point you will want to plug in your flash drive.
I recommend downloading a distribution by using the application. So click on Download Distribution. When the download is complete click on Create Live USB. You will then be prompted to locate the Linux ISO you just downloaded. Find it in Finder, usually in the Downloads folder, and click Open.
You will be taken to the next step. Select your USB drive from the drop down box to the right of Refresh. Then you want to click the button that says Make Live USB.
The process will take a few seconds to run. When it is finished you will get a prompt if it was successful or not. Click Okay to continue.
You can close out all of the open windows for Mac Linux USB Loader and reboot your Mac. If your Mac doesn’t recognize the USB drive you might need to install rEFIt.