Multiboot USB Drive

I just created a usb drive containing different linux distributions. I wanted the drive to have the original iso files on it with no need to unpack.

Here is what I did:

sudo mkfs.vfat -n MultibootUSB /dev/sdd1
sudo mount /dev/sdd /mnt/
sudo grub-install --no-floppy --root-directory=/mnt /dev/sdd

All iso files have to put to ‘/mnt/iso’.
My config file ‘/mnt/boot/grub.cfg’ can be downloaded here.

Especially the configuration for Arch Linux was a bit tricky to create.
‘archisolabel’ has to be the label of the image file used.
‘img_dev’ is set to the uuid of the usb device used.

Quite interesting is also the remastering of certain files. I put the neo keymap into /arch/any/usr-share.fs.sfs.

See here: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Remastering_the_Install_ISO. If anybody wants to have the iso file, just tell me.

For further information check:
http://www.panticz.de/MultiBootUSB
https://wiki.archlinux.de/title/Multiboot_USB_Stick
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Grub2#Booting_an_ISO_Directly_From_GRUB2
https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=749337
https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=78171&p=3

Blogparade: Ubuntu installed, and then?

Picking the idea frmo Virtualpixel.de I hereby present what I am doing after installing Ubuntu.

Depending on my time, I did everything already. Setting every programm new, leave the home-partition, as it was, and everything between. But a few things are done (nearly) every time:

Install programs

  • Thunderbird + Plugins
  • Gimp
  • Chromium (Begining with the next installation) + Plugins
  • Gnome-Do
  • KeepassX
  • Banshee
  • GnuCash
  • Xmind
  • Scribus
  • Dropbox (Using a PPA)
  • VLC Player
  • VirtualBox (Using a PPA)
  • ubuntu-restricted-extras
  • Ding
  • TrueCrypt
  • Apache Server + PHP + MySql + phpMyAdmin
  • vim

Install Update

Recover Data

  • Documents
  • Photos
  • Music
  • ~/bin
  • ~/development

Recover Settings

  • Thunderbird
  • Chromium (especially my bookmarks)

Set startup programmes

  • Decrypt my documents (with are in a TruCrypt container, that is synced via Dropbox)
  • Gnome-Do

Some more settings

  • Use Neo systemwide
  • Wlan
  • Compiz

Computer in Uganda

Unfortunately this article, “Computer in Uganda” is only available in German. You can try to use Google Translate to get a version suitable for you.

Linuxoutlaws – LUG Mbarara

I knew, that the city where I am living right now is a good tongue twister. I did not expect, that this would be a funny thing in a well known (I did not know it actually) linux podcast.

Not to beat around the bush: Listen to episode 152 of Linuxoutlaws and cock your ears at 1:22:14. They mention the next meeting of the Linux User Group Mbarara then.

The podcast is available as a Mp3 or Ogg file.