9 years ago
This must be considered if Linux Mint is to become a viable alternative in the enterprise. The only thing preventing our company from mass-deploying Linux Mint installations is the very fact that netboot/PXEboot and deployment with Kickstart/Puppet is a non-trivial affair.
We came quite far wrt. using the standard Ubuntu installer to install Linux Mint, but the mirrors need to be adjusted as the installer fails during initial package download (despite detecting/parsing the correct release, nadia in this case, and downloading the Packages file from the mirror).
So at least this should be made to work as an alternative solution. It would be nice to have a proper Mint netboot image as well, but I don't see a problem using an Ubuntu-provided one as long as it does the job.
I like this idea myself, but I felt that it would not be possible due to the extra workload involved. I wasn't sure though so I contacted Clem and asked him - and he says no, so sorry Anubis, but there is not point in pursuing this further.
It's an interesting idea. It would use, we will perform a fresh installation.
Maybe, with the new server they could look at this idea again.
I like this
just found out this is a duplicate
maybe you prefer my idea
netinstall for lmde only
I'd registered only to vote for netinstall;)
I'm wondering if can be installed by debian netinstall(eg.with kde) and then upgrade to mint
Thanks for the answer.
Just to share my thoughts on the idea;
A netinstall could be easier considering package updates can cause problems from time to time. Whereas a clean install of the latest content ensures all the config files are as they should be.
1. user install's 6 month old disc image
2. they reboot and update the system
3. something breaks, eg package conflict
1. user install's 6 month old disc image with netinstall option
2. they reboot and don't need to update a single thing
That's generally the case.
How difficult would it be to have an option in the "graphical installer" to install package sources from a mirror (ftp/http etc) rather than the cd, as an option? I can't see it being that hard, judging that `equity' can already download specific content packages (as it does in ubuntu).
But anyway, i am used to running things such as Slackware, NetBSD and others involving a text installation and i guess i have found the netinstall option always works regarding updates that are applied immediately after a "fresh install" compared to installing everything and then updating it afterwards.
But ok i guess it 'could' confuse some people.
Anubis: Mint's philosophy is to provide an easy to install fully functional desktop OS that works out of the box and Clem has already rejected user choice at installation as being contrary to this.
For what reason?
This has already been rejected