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mu50stang 01-13-2012 04:23 PM

Switching from debian to ubuntu question
 
I currentyl installed debian on an old laptop that the cd rom is shot(works sometimes). Can I download ubuntu through debian and install it without having to use a cd.

celthunder 01-13-2012 04:24 PM

yes you can use USB to boot and install from or you can use the debian install to bootstrap a ubuntu install without usb or cd.

mu50stang 01-13-2012 04:33 PM

Thanks but im new to this, is there any way you could walk me through on how to do it.

celthunder 01-13-2012 04:41 PM

Only done it a few times and usually from debian to debian but something like the following
usually works

install deboostrap
clear a partition
mount it somewhere
use debootstrap to install base and a kernel at minimum to that previously mounted location.

mount dev sys proc etc to your new location
chroot into it

set a root password
set your /etc/fstab
set up your network

might have missed something but that's a general layout

for usb not sure if it works for ubuntu but dd if=<iso> of=/dev/<usbdevice> works for archlinux

TroN-0074 01-13-2012 04:41 PM

Go to the Ubuntu web site (www.ubuntu.com). They have all the steps there, just click the get ubuntu now button and read along under the try it from a CD or USB stick. Question for you is your laptop capable to boot from USB? You will need that if your CD player is fried.
10.04 LTS is a long term support (therefore more stable perhaps)

Good luck to you!

mu50stang 01-13-2012 06:00 PM

Is there anything more specific like command line entries, i'm a complete linux dumby.

celthunder 01-13-2012 06:25 PM

try these
http://www.underhanded.org/papers/de...remotedeb.html
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DebootstrapChroot
also might be helpful
http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/426
http://wiki.debian.org/Debootstrap

note those were the top few results from google and most of them refer to debian but ubuntu should work same principles.

brianL 01-14-2012 07:45 AM

Just my opinion, but you would be better off sticking with Debian. Much more reliable, and not a lot more difficult to run.
:twocents:

fingers99 01-14-2012 06:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by brianL (Post 4574289)
Just my opinion, but you would be better off sticking with Debian. Much more reliable, and not a lot more difficult to run.
:twocents:

My opinion, too. If you want to do it the really easy peasy way, download Knoppix or Kanotix and start from there. Kanotix has the edge for HD installs, Knoppix as a recovery CD, both are bootable CDs.


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