Linux Mint was among the first distributions to feature read/write NTFS support. It moved to hybrid ISO images (which could be written to USB sticks) roughly at the same time as other distributions and it was late in providing xorriso 64bit ISOs (which could be booted off EFI both via USB and DVD).
Linux Mint 14 introduced “mintStick”, an improved version of USB-ImageWriter.
Linux Mint 15 introduced nemo actions so you could just right click an ISO file and select “Make a Bootable USB Stick”.
And with all that writing an ISO to a USB Stick became a breeze. One thing that was still far from being trivial though… was re-formatting the stick afterwards to use it to carry data.
One had to struggle with the command line, gparted or even GNOME Disks, unmount the stick, wipe its partition table, create a new one, partition it and format it again.
So in Linux Mint 16, mintStick will also feature the ability to format USB sticks (and by formatting, we mean doing all of the tedious tasks mentioned above).
The formatting tool will be available from the menu but also as a right-click->”Format…” option in Nemo and Dolphin.
As you can see the UI is pretty simple and there’s nothing special really about this new tool. Still, it should be a great addition to our desktop and make formatting USB sticks as trivial as it should always have been.
PS: Like most Mint tools, mintstick is not branded and can be used as is, in other distributions.