Installing Linux Distros without boot DVD/CD

Tired of waiting to burn the latest distros released onto DVD’s/CD’s to try them out?

Wanna reduce the stack of CD’s?

Here is a solution to directly install a distro by directly booting the image files from the harddisk of a GNU/Linux operating system. The steps to be followed are prescribed below(Eg. Fedora 10 from Ubuntu 8.10)

1. Mount the iso image of the distro to a mount point

$ mkdir /media/fedora10

$sudo mount -o loop /home/varrun/Fedora10.iso   /media/fedora10

2. Copy the contents of the iso responsible for booting the distro to a folder in the root directory

  • The kernel -> is present in the isolinux/vmlinuz folder
  • initrd image -> responsible for loading the initial root file system in the RAM

3. Make a directory “Fedora” in root directory ” / “

$ sudo mkdir /fedora

4. Copy the isolinux and images folder in the iso to /fedora directory

$ cd /media/fedora10

$ sudo cp -rf isolinux    /fedora

$ sudo cp -rf images      /fedora

5.Copy the Fedora10.iso to /fedora

$ sudo cp /home/varrun/Fedora10.iso /fedora

6.The final step is to configure the bootloader to load the files

$ sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst


title Fedora 10 DVD(from hard disk)
root (hd0,3)
kernel /fedora/isolinux/vmlinuz ro liveimg root=/dev/sda4 rhgb quiet
initrd /fedora/isolinux/initrd.img

Now reboot the computer and you will see a new option “ Fedora 10 DVD(from hard disk)

Enter -> Install -> Enjoy!!

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