NET installation (was: ATI Radeon 7000)

Felix Miata mrmazda at
Thu Dec 6 09:18:54 UTC 2012

On 2012-12-06 09:01 (GMT) Phil Dobbin composed:

> I find it a real pity that Ubuntu doesn't offer a net install CD. I use
> the net install option on virtually every other distro (or, in certain
> cases, I set up a http install by copying the DVD to a directory on one
> of my servers). It'd make life (well, my life) a lot easier if they did
> I think ;-)

I'm pretty sure there is a net install iso squirreled around somewhere, but 
you don't need one to net install on a system that already has Grub on it 
somewhere. Just fetch the installation kernel and initrd in advance, put them 
where Grub can find them, and load them with Grub when ready to install.

A stanza (openSUSE's Grub) I've used, though I can't say when last:

title Install Buntu via Network
     kernel (hd0,2)/boot/buntinst/linux showopts 
debian-installer/probe/usb=false hw-detect/start_pcmcia=false 
netcfg/disable_dhcp=true expert noapic nolapic acpi=off tasks="standard" vga=791
     initrd (hd0,2)/boot/buntinst/initrd.gz

All those cmdline options aren't necessary, but it's easier for me to strip 
them at runtime than it is to remember which I might need are available or 
their syntax.
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