Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Custom Ubuntu Dapper LiveCD

I used this really good howto, and the new Ubuntu Dapper Drake liveCD (the liveCD and the install CD are now the same) to make a demo CD so that potential clients can test an application without installing anything. It also stops them from doing strange and wonderful things with the installer, and calling in a panic when it doesn't work!

The howto is really all you need - everything works as it is described. I removed some of the language packs to free space, and installed Sun's JRE1.5 as well as PostgreSQL. To load a database into PostgreSQL, you have to start the database server inside the chroot (usual /etc/init.d/postgresql start) and also remember to stop it before leaving the chroot and unmounting - but that's about as complicated as it gets.

The finished liveCD is available on the iDART product page.


Anonymous Chris M said...

Pretty useful I must say. I've always been a bit stuck when it comes to clients and letting them see things, without installing software, etc.

My solution: oldish laptop ;)

Keep posting mel :))

1:18 AM  
Blogger melissa said...

Hi chris :) thanks for coming by.

The problem with everything we develop being open source is that clients expect to be able to leave with a copy - and do something with it, which is where the liveCD comes in. "Oooh shiny. mine!"

11:46 AM  

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