Getting rid of Linpus
So you have a brand new AAO with our sucky linpus or WinXP (huh...). You probably want to have separate partitions for your root and /home directories, so we must have some partitions half ready for the installation. If you have 2 usb's
Partitioning and installing
At the moment, I have vl standard and arch linux with a 1Gb swap partition and a 90Gb partition for home.
I've decided to replace vectorlinux standard for vl light. As I already have the partitioning, the installation will be pretty straight (I hope).
Time now -> 16:50
Getting vectorlinux light iso
To install vl from our archlinux partition we need mainly 2 things, the iso and vinstall-iso script.
To get the iso just open a terminal and type
wget http://vectorlinux.osuosl.org/veclinux-6.0/iso-release/VL6.0-Light-Final.isoIt's the same as browsing to http://vectorlinux.com/downloads and downloading the iso with your favourite browser.
vinstall-iso is the script that will allow us to install vl without any extra media (usb keys, cd...). The script is in the iso. We could mount it as a loop device and extract, but as we still have some time (the iso is just at its 21%) we'll gonna get it from somewhere.
googling for vinstall-iso leads us some results, one being from uelsk8s (vl dev) home directory @ vectorlinux servers. We can trust this file :)
wget http://vectorlinux.osuosl.org/Uelsk8s/iso-test/vinstall-isoI placed both files in the archlinux partition, because we'll need them accessible from the other partition.
Time now -> 17:28
Reboot into the other live system you have. If you are installing from a bootable usb, you may have the iso into another usb key.
In archlinux, log in as root and
chmod +x vinstall-iso
I got an error :
mount: could not find any device /dev/loop#This got fixed executing (as root)
modprobe loopBack to the installation.
- In the first menu, I don't need to do any partition change so I choose directly to INSTALL , if you need to repartition that's the moment to select FDISK.
- Select SWAP . I usually bypass checking media (too slow for my impatience)
Usually you only have a swap partition, so chose what's by default
- Root partiton. I only give 5 gb to root partition. I don't need much software.
Filesystem: xfs . I usually choose reiserfs, but heard good things about xfs. Let's try it then ;)
- Optional partitions:
/home . I have a separate partition for /home
- Optional packages:
Time now -> 17:48
Time now -> 18:02
When Vectorlinux tries to install lilo, it does not see archlinux partition, so I didn't install lilo. (I prefer to touch grubs menu.lst than lilo configs)
Configuration is pretty straightforward. Just select desired options.
Select 1024x600 resolution
Time now -> 18:09 (it's getting fast)
Now we have a functional vl-light.
Wifi is working great sofar (there's no led, but it works).
Let's look at some numbers.
100Mb ram with a fully functional desktop. It's not bad :D
Booting goes around 30 seconds.