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Bug 1354201 - SUSE Studio ImageWriter probably shouldn't be recommended
Summary: SUSE Studio ImageWriter probably shouldn't be recommended
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Status: NEW
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Product: Fedora Documentation
Classification: Fedora
Component: install-guide
Version: devel
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
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Assignee: Jaromir Hradilek
QA Contact: Fedora Docs QA
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TreeView+ depends on / blocked
 
Reported: 2016-07-10 16:20 UTC by Chris Murphy
Modified: 2018-01-31 02:57 UTC (History)
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Description Chris Murphy 2016-07-10 16:20:24 UTC
Description of problem:

https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/24/html/Installation_Guide/sect-preparing-boot-media.html


Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Fedora 23
Fedora 24


Actual results:

Docs says "Download and run the SUSE Studio ImageWriter or Rawrite32." The ImageWriter link URL is https://github.com/downloads/openSUSE/kiwi/ImageWriter.exe

The problems are:
- I can't verify the provenance of the binary downloaded from that link. I get 404 errors when I try to get to each parent directory, so I have no idea what this binary really is, who produced it, how old it is, what version it is, etc. I think recommending users download an almost random binary on Windows of all OS's probably isn't good advice.

- openSUSE considers ImageWriter unmaintained. "We used to have SUSE Studio ImageWriter compiled for windows, but this is not maintained anymore."
https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Create_a_Live_USB_stick_using_Windows

And they point to a different URL for that project than we do, which hasn't had a pull request or issue responded to in over a year. Nevertheless the code there is probably newer than the binary we're offering to download.
http://www.github.com/openSUSE/imagewriter


Expected results:

Let's just recommend Rawrite32, it's recently updated and it looks like the binaries are signed.
http://www.netbsd.org/~martin/rawrite32/

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