Friday, July 30, 2010

Creating the Netbook Installation Media

To create the netbook installation media, you will need to download the netbook ISO (for example, ubuntu-9.10-netbook-remix-i386.iso). If your netbook has a CD-ROM drive, then simply burn the ISO to a disk and boot from it.

However, most netbooks lack a CD-ROM drive. In this case, you will need a 1-G USB thumb drive, SD Card, or other form of media that is supported by your netbook. You will also need a computer to create the CD-ROM.

The easiest way to make a bootable netbook installation image on a USB thumb drive or SD Card is to use usb-creator. This tool automates the processes of putting a CD-ROM image onto other types of removable media.

• Intrepid Ibex (8.10) and later—Install usb-creator using sudo apt-get
install usb-creator. The executable is called usb-creator-gtk.

• Hardy Heron (9.04 LTS)—There is an ugly hack for installing usb-creator on Hardy. Hardy and Intrepid are very similar and can run much of the same code.

1. Download Intrepid’s usb-creator package from

The file will have a file name like usb-creator_0.1.10_all.deb.

2. Install the dependent packages:

sudo apt-get install syslinux mtools

3. Install Intrepid’s usb-creator package on Hardy:

sudo dpkg -i usb-creator_0.1.10_all_deb

4. The executable is called usb-creator.

The usb-creator program allows you to select the ISO image and destination device. When it finishes the installation, you can connect the USB device (or SD Card) to your netbook and boot from it. If usb-creator is not an option (for example, if you are running Dapper Drake 6.06 LTS), then follow the steps in the section ‘‘Installing a Full File System from USB’’ to copy the netbook installation image to an SD Card or USB device. Use the USB hard drive configuration.

Source of Information : Wiley Ubuntu Powerful Hacks And Customizations

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