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Old 06-03-2015, 09:19 AM   #1
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Installing Linux OS and Software to PC without Internet


I have a PC with around 2 GB of RAM, a hard drive, a DVD drive, and USB ports, in a remote vacation home with no Internet access. I would like to install either Mint or Ubuntu and applications like LibreOffice.

In my permanent residence, I use Win 8.1 in a PC with internet access and Virtualbox to run other operating systems. I can use this to prepare the installation disks.

Is it possible to install the OS and then install software from a DVD or USB drive to a PC without Internet access? Also, is it possible to come up with a customized install disk containing the OS and software to install? If so, how do I go about preparing the installation disks?

Thanks for the help.
 
Old 06-03-2015, 10:05 AM   #2
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Hi,

You can look at: Download Linux to select a distribution ISO for download. Verify the download and burn to disk at a low burn rate, I use a rate of 4 for most of my media burns to get a successful burn.

You could try Get Your ISO, LiveCD & Pocket OS for a LiveCD/DVD to get a trail run on the machine before a install. This way you can verify the functionality of the machine with a particular LiveCD/DVD distribution. Be aware that not all distributions will provide a Live system for trail runs.

You can use the following to help to download & verify the ISO image on a Windows machine;
Quote:
Windows Burn tutorial <- 'Nero' Live Video for the newbies who burn the iso instead of the image of the ISO.
Imgburn <- 'ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit!' + Freeware
-- MD5SUM:
M$Windows iso md5sum checking <- LQ Post on how too
md5sum.exe <- M$Win Application to perform md5sum checking.
winMd5Sum Portable <- FREE + Good for all M$ Windows

The above links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
Hope this helps.
Have fun & enjoy!
 
Old 06-03-2015, 11:22 AM   #3
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Thanks. I've been able to install Mint and Ubuntu to hard drives and to a Virtualbox. I don't know, though, if I can package the install disks with apps like LibreOffice or install LibreOffice from a DVD or USB drive.
 
Old 06-03-2015, 11:27 AM   #4
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Installing Linux OS and Software to PC without Internet

You can download the packages and relevant dependencies from the distribution you pick and copy it to a USB stick or similar media. Then manually install the files on the machine that does not have internet.

I believe Mint is now based on Debian, and Ubuntu also is so you can use the "dpkg" command to install local packages from external media.

For more information type:

man dpkg

In a terminal window on an Ubuntu or Mint system.

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Old 06-03-2015, 11:51 AM   #5
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You can use a USB drive to install Windows and Linux. It is easy to make it. Google the directions.
 
Old 06-03-2015, 12:04 PM   #6
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Maybe the easiest way of doing this, is to install the OS using a CD/DVD/USB. Then while on a machine that has the Internet, use apt-get to install the packages you want. Copy the files from /var/cache/apt/archives to a USB drive. Later, use that same installion media to install the OS. Now you could run dpkg -i * in the directory of the packages you've copied.
 
Old 06-03-2015, 01:42 PM   #7
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OpenSUSE, I think, has a site set up to create your own. Install image. Debian has tools like, I think, remastersys to. Create a custom installer also (sorry not on a PC I can check the names from). I would suggest creating a custom installer image and using a USB stick to install it (OK, I'm predudiced against spinny storage) since the install image can grow to the size of the USB storage and the USB stick can be reused.
 
Old 06-03-2015, 01:49 PM   #8
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For your situation, Debian is ideal -- you can purchase a full DVD set containing pretty much all the software in the repositories.
https://www.debian.org/CD/vendors/

You could also download the full set using your Windows PC and burn the DVDs yourself.
https://www.debian.org/CD/

Install the system using the first DVD and then use the other DVDs to install whichever software you want (the DVDs are added to the package repository list and APT/Synaptic will ask for the DVDs when you attempt to install packages).

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Old 06-03-2015, 01:52 PM   #9
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My favourite distros can be remastered with additional software, Debian based, live/installable, from CD/DVD or pendrive.
(Any packages can be downloaded to be installed at a later time as well.)
http://antix.mepis.com/index.php?title=Main_Page
 
Old 06-03-2015, 01:53 PM   #10
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I did forget to mention that Slackware also provides a full install on DVD, CD and (I Think) USB.
Slackware isn't a "newb'y" distro -- well it can be if you're willing to spend a little time learning. In. This situation I wonder whether it would make a better fit that Debian or OpenSUSE.

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Old 06-03-2015, 05:26 PM   #11
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I did forget to mention that Slackware also provides a full install on DVD, CD and (I Think) USB.
Slackware isn't a "newb'y" distro -- well it can be if you're willing to spend a little time learning. In. This situation I wonder whether it would make a better fit that Debian or OpenSUSE.

If you are going to use Slackware, you wouldn't have Libreoffice by default. Libreoffice is installed from a Slackbuild. You would however have Calligre office suite that comes with KDE. Get Slackware link below:

http://www.slackware.com/getslack/
 
Old 06-03-2015, 05:32 PM   #12
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Hi,

Alien_Bob provides libreoffice/ packages for Slackware.
Hope this helps.
Have fun & enjoy!
 
Old 06-03-2015, 06:24 PM   #13
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Hi,

Alien_Bob provides libreoffice/ packages for Slackware.
Hope this helps.
Have fun & enjoy!
Oh you are right! Sorry for the bad information, for some reason I remembered installing it from Slackbuilds.org!

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Old 06-03-2015, 06:31 PM   #14
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https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Ap...ine/Repository
 
Old 06-03-2015, 09:41 PM   #15
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You may want to just download the debian dvd's & burn to dvd or usb to have a working system. After that research custom installs.
Not sure if wins8.1 has a usb burner, but rufus may work on 8.1
 
  


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