Roland Turner

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gtk-creator-usb "Failed to install the bootloader"

Old-school solution:

dd if=ubuntu-{version}.iso of=/dev/{device}

After several failures and various blind alleys around disabling automounting, I discovered this comment which happens to describe exactly my situation (creating a 64-bit installer on a 32-bit platform):

Right, this explodes because the architecture you're running on doesn't allow starting executables of the architecture you're trying to burn on the USB disk.

Everything is obvious in retrospect...