[Lubuntu-comms] One Button Installer, 'OBI'

Federico Leoni effelle at gmail.com
Sun Sep 8 12:39:21 UTC 2013


I was waiting for your installer for a long time Nio. :)

I'm very happy it's ready, I'll test as soon as I can.

F.
Em 08/09/2013 05:12, "Nio Wiklund" <nio.wiklund at gmail.com> escreveu:

> Hello everybody,
>
>
> *Typical cases for the One Button Installer*
>
> - Tool that is easy to use and just works
>
> The normal linux installers that come with iso files are complicated to
> use or freeze during the installation process, and you want a tool that
> is easier to use and just works.
>
> - Replace Windows XP
>
> Replace Windows XP because you want the computer to work faster or
> smoother with an Ubuntu based linux operating system, or at the end of
> life in April 2014, when there will be no more security updates for
> Windows XP.
>
> - Backup
>
> You want a simple method to backup (and restore) your whole installed
> linux system. The One Button Installer combines installation, backup and
> restore in one set of tools.
>
> - Your own portable Ubuntu based linux system
>
> You want to make your own linux system portable and port it to a USB
> pendrive or to be installed in another computer to be used by yourself,
> or to be uploaded to the internet for sharing with other people. The One
> Button Installer can do it in a simpler way than to remaster the code
> and make an own iso file.
>
>
> *Background*
>
> One main objective with Lubuntu is keeping old computers running.
> Another objective is to supply an operating system, that is easy to
> install and use. Often old computers have low RAM, which can make it
> hard to use the iso file installers for Lubuntu (the desktop one and the
> alternate one). Furthermore, some users get confused by all the
> alternatives. The alternate installer is better with low RAM and both
> installers are better with zRAM in Saucy, but not really easy to use,
> fast, and with feed-back so the user knows it is alive.
>
> This is why I started to develop the One Button Installer, the 'OBI'. It
> is quite stable now, it works well with a wide range of computers from
> new computers with Intel i5 CPUs to old ones (I can use it in a Compaq
> with a 400 MHz CPU and 128 MB RAM) and it runs even faster than before.
>
> There must be a USB port or some other means to add a second mass
> storage device, where the One Button Installer can reside. A second HDD
> (IDE/PATA or SATA) drive is also possible, but not as convenient.
>
> I have found that it works with help of the Plop boot manager to boot
> old computers, which cannot boot directly from USB.
>
> The One Button Installer is running in text mode (made from the Ubuntu
> mini iso) and it needs very little RAM. You can choose the drive (mass
> storage device), the target where to install the system. If there is
> only one available drive (except the live drive), there is no choice,
> only 'go' or 'quit'. (There are also some options to help the user
> identify which is the correct target drive.) So the installer is made to
> install its system to the whole drive. And it should not confuse a user,
> that is new to linux, at least not after reading the documentation.
>
>
> *You find the One Button Installer here*
>
> The One Button Installer is still experimental (but quite stable), and I
> think you will like it, so please have a look at the documentation,
> download an image file and try it :-)
>
> The files, documents to read and image files to download, can be found
> at my google drive account
>
>
> http://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BzX-18u3W1sQblBTYXNacGVsVkk&usp=sharing
>
> The files to download are also available at Phillw.net
>
> http://phillw.net/isos/one-button-installer/
>
> and there is a preliminary tutorial at wiki.ubuntu.com
>
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/phillw/OBI
>
> and at the Ubuntu Forums
>
> http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2172971
>
> The intention is that the tutorial at wiki.ubuntu.com should be the
> master version, with the other web pages referring to it or serving for
> downloading the files.
>
>
> *My personal comments*
>
> When you have tried the OBI, I think you will see the potential: How it
> can be used by many people to install Lubuntu for example to replace
> Windows XP. Later on we can discuss if and how it is should be easier to
> understand and run, and maybe more polished.
>
> -o-
>
> It is easy to create custom systems to distribute without making an own
> distro or fork. Avoid proprietary drivers, make a tarball, and use the
> One Button Installer to install it into other computers! Very simple :-)
>
> And it will keep many custom systems 'within the family' rather than
> forking away, because the normal update/upgrade methods work including
> upgrading to the next version. The custom system is simply a copy of
> Lubuntu with some tweaks.
>
> There are actually two 'buttons' ;-) one 'button' to select tarball and
> one 'button' to select target drive.
>
>
> Best regards
> Nio
>
>
>
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