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It is possible to install ubuntu from the internet by booting from a usb key or a mini-cd. This method of installation is called netinst in debian, so that name is used here.

Getting the Image

The images for this are stored in /ubuntu/dists/gutsy/main/installer-i386/current/images/netboot/ (for gutsy 32bit). The cd image is mini.iso(9.1MB) and the image for usb keys is boot.img.gz(8.6MB)

Preparing for Boot

The iso can be burnt to cd with any standard disc burning software, just be sure the iso is being used as a source image and not just a file on a data disk. To prepare a usb key, back up any data that you have on it (any data will be overwritten) and zcat boot.img.gz >> /dev/sdX  where X is the letter of your usb key


netinst (last edited 2009-11-14 09:10:58 by c-67-174-250-117)