Friday, October 22, 2010

Alternate install

For those who want to rescue a very old machine maybe Ubiquity installer is too heavy and full featured. So we're testing a new text based installing system, based on Ubuntu alternate installer (wizard, anyway). If you want to test it download it and burn. But remember, it's only a test (thanks to Phill Whiteside).


  1. Hello,
    I am interested in iso booting a lubuntu alternate distro using grub2.
    I am able to install ubuntu desktop using the following grub menu entries, which does not apply for lubuntu-alternate

    menuentry 'lubuntu-alternate ' {

    set isofile="/iso/lubuntu-12.04-alternate-amd64.iso"
    loopback loop (hd0,5)$isofile
    linux (loop)/install/vmlinuz boot=casper iso-scan/filename=$isofile noprompt noeject
    initrd (loop)/casper/initrd.gz


    Does anyboyd know what should be changed?

  2. This post is very old, things have changed a lot in two years. Anyway I'm not an expert on boot issues. You can check the mailing lists, where you will sure find an answer:


  3. Is this alternate an alternate Alternate??
    Explain more/better, pLease. One extra line doesn't hurt anybody and helps A LOT!!

  4. It's the same "Alternate Install" common on all *buntus. But, I said "new" because it's been refined and improved. I think the lines oof the article are self explanatory: it's the text installer, the one that doeosn't use the graphical installer.

    I hope it's clear :)

  5. I thought I'd try this distro on an old pc. And the links/info around this site are 5 years old.
    "Friday, October 22, 2010
    Alternate install... it's only a test"
    still testing after 5 years?

    maybe I should stick with windows.

    1. Some people seem to be of the opinion that making a move over to Linux should be easy, because "all these Linux projects, want us...right? So they should just make things work for us, with zero effort required by me!"
      Sorry, it does require effort and you need to learn respect, you are not being lured over, because the O.S needs users to make it legitimate.
      You would be better to look at it as joining a project, that requires you to try, on your own behalf and maybe add your own work too at some stage.
      It's to be respected and enjoyed, as we have a choice because of these people's hard work. If you use moving back to windows as a threat, you'll be the only loser, unfortunately.