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Old 01-13-2012, 03:23 PM   #1
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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.
 
Old 01-13-2012, 03:24 PM   #2
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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.
 
Old 01-13-2012, 03:33 PM   #3
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Thanks but im new to this, is there any way you could walk me through on how to do it.
 
Old 01-13-2012, 03:41 PM   #4
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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
 
Old 01-13-2012, 03:41 PM   #5
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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!
 
Old 01-13-2012, 05:00 PM   #6
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Is there anything more specific like command line entries, i'm a complete linux dumby.
 
Old 01-13-2012, 05:25 PM   #7
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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.
 
Old 01-14-2012, 06:45 AM   #8
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Just my opinion, but you would be better off sticking with Debian. Much more reliable, and not a lot more difficult to run.
 
Old 01-14-2012, 05:34 PM   #9
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Just my opinion, but you would be better off sticking with Debian. Much more reliable, and not a lot more difficult to run.
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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