Debian 6.0 (Squeeze) work out of the box with USB sticks
Gone are those days when we want to boot a downloaded ISO image from an USB stick, we need to perform lot of black box operation in order to put/align things in the USB stick so that it could be made bootable.
I didn't follow the Debian stuff for a long time though I use Debian in all my machines. Surprisingly last week we had the much awaited release of Debian 6.0 (squeeze) and I was over joyed on seeing that! I was longing for that.
With the new release of Debian 6.0 we need not do any special things in order to create a bootable USB stick of the Debian ISO. Just a plain 'dd' of the ISO will do the magic. For a long time in order to create a bootable USB stick we had to depend on tools like usb-creator both for Ubuntu or Debian, but now things are pretty easy and straight forward. I am not sure whether this works for Ubuntu yet, may be the next release 11.04 will have such a feature, but as of Debian 6.0 it works.
If you want to have a bootable USB stick all you need to do is download the ISO image CD/DVD from the internet (http://cdimage.debian.org/) and then use the following command,
$ dd if=debian-wheezy-testing-i386-CD-1.iso of=/dev/sdb
NOTE: use the device in which your USB drive is visible, for me it was on '/dev/sdb' YMMV.