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Old 02-01-2009, 01:53 PM   #1
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Creating a Ubuntu 8.10 liveCD with all updates installed


Hi Guys

Ive gotten a project from a local school in a very rural town to upgrade the computer systems on a very low budget. So, being a F/OSS advocate I ran the idea of a linux environment which, in reality will cost hundereds (maybe thousands) less for them, and also cut down "down-time" due to viruses and such. I was thinking of Ubuntu since its got a great community, and personally, I love it. Problem is, this school is on a limited bandwidth for internet, so installing ubuntu and performing the updates is not a feasible idea since the cost will be astronomical. My question is, how can I go about an simply "update" the ubuntu 8.10 LiveCD so that when I install it, It will have all the updates? Another thing that would be nice, is that this school would like to have their own wallpaper, so if I could change the default wallpaper while I'm performing this "update" will be very nice.

Thanks ahead of time,

Jon York
 
Old 02-01-2009, 02:01 PM   #2
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Hi Guys

Ive gotten a project from a local school in a very rural town to upgrade the computer systems on a very low budget. So, being a F/OSS advocate I ran the idea of a linux environment which, in reality will cost hundereds (maybe thousands) less for them, and also cut down "down-time" due to viruses and such. I was thinking of Ubuntu since its got a great community, and personally, I love it. Problem is, this school is on a limited bandwidth for internet, so installing ubuntu and performing the updates is not a feasible idea since the cost will be astronomical. My question is, how can I go about an simply "update" the ubuntu 8.10 LiveCD so that when I install it, It will have all the updates? Another thing that would be nice, is that this school would like to have their own wallpaper, so if I could change the default wallpaper while I'm performing this "update" will be very nice.

Thanks ahead of time,

Jon York
I think, think (just guessing) that what you seek could be easily done by:

- Installing Ubuntu on one machine;
- Installing all updates;
- Once done, create a USB start disk at System >> Administration >> Create a USB startup disk

That would generate an exact copy of your current install. You can even choose to save your settings so you can carry it with you. Booting from the USB device will perform pretty much like a liveCD does.

Again, I never tried doing it myself
 
Old 02-01-2009, 02:07 PM   #3
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Why not repurpose a machine as the local repository server? That way you can set it to pull the updates from the repository at a slow time - outside school hours - and then an hour or so later have the local machines update from that rather than the web. You can only make an up to date CD as up to date as the point you create it, so you can't trust it to be fully patched once installed.
 
Old 02-01-2009, 02:14 PM   #4
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I think, think (just guessing) that what you seek could be easily done by:

- Installing Ubuntu on one machine;
- Installing all updates;
- Once done, create a USB start disk at System >> Administration >> Create a USB startup disk

That would generate an exact copy of your current install. You can even choose to save your settings so you can carry it with you. Booting from the USB device will perform pretty much like a liveCD does.

Again, I never tried doing it myself
When I try to do that, it asks me for the CD, or .ISO, but if I put the original ubuntu in there, wont it make my usb key install ubuntu without the updates on my system, or will it pull settings and updates from the installed system?

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Why not repurpose a machine as the local repository server? That way you can set it to pull the updates from the repository at a slow time - outside school hours - and then an hour or so later have the local machines update from that rather than the web. You can only make an up to date CD as up to date as the point you create it, so you can't trust it to be fully patched once installed.
Thats actually a good idea and I will do so, but it still means a large initial download, which I am trying to avoid.
 
Old 02-01-2009, 05:08 PM   #5
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That first download will be the largest, but afterwards it's really just a matter of syncing the changes which is why I suggested kicking it off overnight and it should be done by the time you need to use it. Also, if you get a build that is up to date as of right now you will still have every machine updating itself via the internet and will still see a lot of usage because of it. Having a central repo means only one big download.
 
Old 02-02-2009, 02:24 AM   #6
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I have the same problem. I have a computer at home. No internet. Nothing. I have my laptop at work which gets updated on-a-fly. What I do I just archive the whole filesystem using tar and compress it using Bzip2 and write the file on a DVD. At home I wipe out the old ubuntu, and install the updated ubuntu. This takes some time, so I do this once a month or longer than that if there are no major changes. Writing a file to a removable USB flash disk would be better, I think. This works pretty fine for me even though the two machines are entirely different.
 
  


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