Questions and patches related to casper.
jordon at envygeeks.com
Thu May 17 03:52:51 UTC 2012
Because Ubuntus goal is easy, yes you can be advanced but easy is priority
and dd is 'hard' in a sense depending on how you look at it. I think it
would be better to diagnose the grub problems and go that route making the
installer error free.
On May 16, 2012 10:31 PM, "Akkana Peck" <akkana at shallowsky.com> wrote:
> Ben Greear writes:
> > I have been having issues trying to do a persistent-usb image for
> > Ubuntu 12.04.
> I got it working once on Oneiric, but only on a multi-distro USB
> stick using grub, with a separate partition for casper, like this:
> I've never had any luck on either O or P in getting a single-boot
> USB stick to be persistent.
> I'm currently setting up some USB sticks to use in a classroom/workshop
> setting, with everybody booted from the same image. After wasting
> most of a day trying to make persistence work, it occurred to me to
> wonder why I was doing all that work: for a USB stick, why not just
> install Ubuntu to the stick, and have a normal install that saves
> whatever changes you make? No need for overlays like casper, just
> install to a normal filesystem on the USB stick.
> So I tried it. The grub install failed the first time so I had to
> re-run it (be careful that you're installing grub to the USB stick,
> not to your hard drive) but otherwise it seems to work fine so far.
> I've installed several extra packages on it, customized the user
> theme and added a few programs and icons. It seems like a much
> easier solution than fighting with the undocumented casper
> persistence stuff.
> Ubuntu should consider shipping a filesystem image that can be dd-ed
> to a USB stick, in addition to the CD ISO iamges that require
> special magic to be made persistent. It would make it so much easier
> to introduce newcomers to Ubuntu.
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