When comparing Fedora Media Writer vs dd, the Slant community recommends dd for most people. In the question“What is the best software for creating Live USB (from ISO files)?” dd is ranked 9th while Fedora Media Writer is ranked 15th. The most important reason people chose dd is:
It can do anything.
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Pro Helps discover Fedora Spins and Fedora Labs images
Makes it easy to obtain niche software packages, such as Sugar On A Stick (SOAS), and Fedora Design Suite.
Pro Supports ARM v7 and AArch64 images of Fedora
Makes it easy for using Fedora Workstation or Fedora Server with Raspberry Pi or other hobby SOC boards.
Pro Uses dd, prevents nuking system disks.
While it uses dd as a backend, it only shows SD cards and USB devices. This helps prevent accidentally nuking system disks.
Pro Open Source
Licensed under the GNU General Public License v2
Pro Cross Platform
Binaries for Windows, macOS, and Flatpak are available. A traditional RPM package is also available in the Fedora repositories.
Pro Not limited to Fedora - Any ISO can be writen to a usb.
If you have an IMG or ISO, it can be writen to a disk. You are not forced to use any of the Fedora options.
Pro Automatic Live Disk Detection
Can automatically detect disks which already are formatted with live system images, and prompts you to see if you would like to restore it to factory default settings.
Pro Many features
It can do anything.
Pro Ported to almost any OS
There exist ports for Windows, Mac and even Android.
Con Heavily Fedora-centric
Aside from you providing and using a custom image, the only other options present are for Fedora distributions. You won't find RedHat Enterprise Linux, or CentOS, or even Fedora Silverblue. Nor will you find any outside of the RedHat family, like Arch, Debian, or Ubuntu.
Con Easy to completely nuke an unrelated hard disk by accident
It is a cli app and there are no safety features to prevent a complete data loss if the user adds a wrong syntax.