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Re: New, easy, way to create preseeded install image

Paul Telford wrote:
> One of the greatest things about the Debian Installer is the power of
> preseeding -- allowing you to create a boot disk which can install a
> machine hands-free one or one hundred times.  One part of preseeding
> that can be a bit of a pain is getting the file created, in the proper
> syntax, inserted into an image, etc.  (especially disk partitioning
> which can be rather cryptic!)  With that, I would like to announce a
> potential solution:
>   http://instalinux.com
> This is the first (publicly-accessible) practical implementation of a
> project started by Hewlett Packard which wraps a web front-end around
> the various distributions' installation routines.  In short, with a
> few simple steps on the website you can build a network-install ISO
> image that you then boot on any machine to get Linux installed
> according to your preferences -- all completely hands free after you
> hit the power button.  HP has already used this technology to deploy
> thousands of systems worldwide.
> This message is an invitation to try it out and send some feedback. 
> Please do not send technical problems directly to me, but rather use
> the message board on the site; you are welcome to send any other types
> of feedback to me or to this list and I'll pass them along to the site
> owner.

Pretty neat except for the bit where the root password is transferred
over http. 

I like that you include a link to the generated preseed file.

The partitioner bit seems a bit weird, especially that there's a 
big warning about needing to make it use the whole disk, when the
defaults don't seem to be set up to use the whole disk. IMHO it would be
nice to have an option to use the built-in recipes, especially since
they work on non i386 systems with no manual tweaking, and support lvm
in etch.

What does the /opt/LinuxCOE/bin/LinuxCOE-final program do? This seems to
be the only place where the generated preseed file is not generally
portable to other install methods like netboot.

I'm getting 404s with all my attempts to download isos.

> Feel free to forward the link to anyone who might be interested, the
> system currently has the capability to create install images for
> Debian, Fedora, SuSE & Ubuntu.  Please also forward to any other
> Debian list that might be interested/appropriate -- I wasn't sure
> which was the best fit as I only subscribe to d-announce &
> d-d-announce.

I've linked to it from the part of the d-i wiki that deals with preseed

see shy jo

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