Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Linux Installation - Simpler than ever

I had my share of Linux installation in the past, starting with floppy disk based 15 years ago, and used various installation methods, including CD, DVD, bootp based network, local file system, and so on. I am used to things breaking, but of course, I enjoy if everything works well.

This week, I stumbled over a package called UNetbootin. Think of it as a Windows setup.exe for installing Linux. It is actually that simple. You may choose between Fedora 8 (as of this writing, less than one week old), OpenSUSE 10.3, Ubuntu 7.10, Debian Etch, and even a simple partition manager. If you do not have Windows installed, you can choose a different host system: There also are .rpm, and .deb files, as well as a simple shell script.

I am definitely impressed. Most possibly, I will use it for my future installations as well. It's worth spreading the news.

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