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Author Topic: HOWTO: Install VectorLinux From a Linux host using the GUI installer  (Read 2018 times)
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« on: March 30, 2009, 05:36:21 pm »

    Since the release of VectorLinux 6.0 featuring VL's first gui installer, I've seen a couple of references to questions asking how to do a hosted install from a linux host.

    The new gui installer makes this process easier than ever.

    The following HOWTO applies for VL and really any linux distribution.


Assumptions
This howto assumes the following.
  • You have gambas2-runtime installed on your system (this is installed by default on VL)
  • You have gparted installed in your system along with parted and any ntfs and reiserfsprogs libs needed (again, this is installed by default in VL)
  • You have *some* knowledge about partitioning

Preparation
  • Download your new ISO
Locate and download the VectorLinux iso you wish to install. You can pick any ISO (UP to 6.0 at the moment) and download it.
Save this image to the top of any partition (except the partition you wish to use as your / for the target installation)
  • Download the installer program
http://vinsnstall-ng.googlecode.com/svn/branches/iVL/installer.gambas

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The Process
  • Run the installer
Code:
./installer.gambas
  • Follow the prompts

During this process, you will see the installer run exactly as a native installation from CD rom or USB.
Your partitioning process is exactly the same.

A few limitations apply here.
* You will not be able to select your current / partition as the / partition for the target installation (obvious reasons)
* You will not be able to select the partition hosting the ISO as the / for your target installation (again obvious)

A word of warning
As any sane person knows, tinkering with mounted partitions is not safe.
The installer features the ability to embed gparted to handle partitioing easily. Use this tool at your own risk.
If you do not have a spare hard drive, be careful while partitioning your drive. You should do some serious reading before you mess up your system.

Other than that, the process should be painless.

Enjoy
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