Linux Mint Multiboot DVD

Ishwon
  7 years ago
  9

The aim of this tutorial is to create a Multiboot Linux Mint DVD.
The DVD will contain 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Linux Mint. For this tutorial I've selected Cinnamon flavor :)

Step 1
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Download the following ISOs from Mint's website:

- linuxmint-13-cinnamon-dvd-32bit.iso
- linuxmint-13-cinnamon-dvd-64bit.iso

Create the following directory structure:

$ mkdir -p mint-multiboot/boot/{grub,iso}

Now, move the two ISOs into the 'iso' folder (i.e boot/iso).

Step 2
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Create a file named grub.cfg in boot/grub folder and insert the following

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menuentry "Start Linux Mint 32-bit" {
    set gfxpayload=keep
    loopback iso /boot/iso/linuxmint-13-cinnamon-dvd-32bit.iso
    linux    (iso)/casper/vmlinuz  file=/cdrom/preseed/mint.seed boot=casper iso-scan/filename=/boot/iso/linuxmint-13-cinnamon-dvd-32bit.iso quiet splash --
    initrd    (iso)/casper/initrd.lz
}
menuentry "Start Linux Mint 32-bit (compatibility mode)" {
    loopback iso /boot/iso/linuxmint-13-cinnamon-dvd-32bit.iso
    linux    (iso)/casper/vmlinuz  file=/cdrom/preseed/mint.seed boot=casper xforcevesa iso-scan/filename=/boot/iso/linuxmint-13-cinnamon-dvd-32bit.iso ramdisk_size=1048576 root=/dev/ram rw noapic noapci nosplash irqpoll --
    initrd    (iso)/casper/initrd.lz
}
menuentry "Check the integrity of the medium" {
    loopback iso /boot/iso/linuxmint-13-cinnamon-dvd-32bit.iso
    linux    (iso)/casper/vmlinuz  boot=casper integrity-check iso-scan/filename=/boot/iso/linuxmint-13-cinnamon-dvd-32bit.iso quiet splash --
    initrd    (iso)/casper/initrd.lz
}
menuentry "Start Linux Mint 64-bit" {
    set gfxpayload=keep
    loopback iso /boot/iso/linuxmint-13-cinnamon-dvd-64bit.iso
    linux    (iso)/casper/vmlinuz  file=/cdrom/preseed/mint.seed boot=casper iso-scan/filename=/boot/iso/linuxmint-13-cinnamon-dvd-64bit.iso quiet splash --
    initrd    (iso)/casper/initrd.lz
}
menuentry "Start Linux Mint 64-bit (compatibility mode)" {
    loopback iso /boot/iso/linuxmint-13-cinnamon-dvd-64bit.iso
    linux    (iso)/casper/vmlinuz  file=/cdrom/preseed/mint.seed boot=casper xforcevesa iso-scan/filename=/boot/iso/linuxmint-13-cinnamon-dvd-64bit.iso ramdisk_size=1048576 root=/dev/ram rw noapic noapci nosplash irqpoll --
    initrd    (iso)/casper/initrd.lz
}
menuentry "Check the integrity of the medium" {
    loopback iso /boot/iso/linuxmint-13-cinnamon-dvd-64bit.iso
    linux    (iso)/casper/vmlinuz  boot=casper integrity-check iso-scan/filename=/boot/iso/linuxmint-13-cinnamon-dvd-64bit.iso quiet splash --
    initrd    (iso)/casper/initrd.lz
}
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Step 3
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Install xorriso using the following command:

$ sudo apt-get install xorriso

To get the latest version, you may also download the source from http://www.gnu.org/software/xorriso and compile.

Step 4
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Now step one folder before 'mint-multiboot' and you can generate the multiboot iso using the following command:

$ grub-mkrescue -o Mint-multiboot-dvd.iso mint-multiboot

Step 5
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Burn the iso to a DVD or use imagewriter to create a live usb. You should now be able to select 32-bit or 64-bit at boot.
 

Comments
Mercatorprojecter 7 years ago

Thanks....
I am a complete novice so the info is not of use to me.
Too advanced for my limited knowledge, but thanks nonetheless.


Ishwon 7 years ago

@cajuncoony | On step 4 I meant you enter the folder where you created 'mint-multiboot'. Sorry for being misleading. I'll edit the tutorial to correct these points.


cajuncoony 7 years ago

Hi Ishwon,
Thank you for your tutorial. I don't understand what you are saying in
step 4. Can you clear this up for me?
Thanks Ishwon


Ishwon 7 years ago

@BillV | It's {grub,iso}.

This actually creates two directories, 'grub' and 'iso', in the 'boot' folder. You then move the downloaded dvd images into the 'iso' folder, i.e, boot/iso.


BillV 7 years ago

in Step 1 do you mean move the two Cinnamon iso's into the "/boot/{grub,iso}" folder? also it looks like it reads {grub comma iso} is that correct or is it grub.iso? I'm interested in making one of these, I currently use Multisys on thumb drives. Thanks Ishwon .