Installing Kubuntu from an USB-stick

My CD/DVD-drive broke recently so I decided to try installing Kubuntu Gutsy from an USB-stick. I have been using alternate installers ever since my bad experiences (crashes, lost partitions.. probably my fault but still) with the desktop installer in its early days. So I started with downloading kubuntu-7.10-alternate-i386.iso and by following these instructions: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBStick. I banged my head against the wall for a couple of days: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=579654#6 — failed attempt!

I’m glad I realized to give the desktop installer a try because there was a huge difference — everything simply worked, flawlessly. In fact, the process was even much easier than those instructions. All I did was:

  • made the USB-stick bootable with syslinux (3.52)
  • copied contents of kubuntu-7.10-desktop-i386.iso on the USB-stick
  • renamed /isolinux -> /syslinux, isolinux.bin -> syslinux.bin, isolinux.cfg -> syslinux.cfg
  • voila!

So no need of moving files to root, editing syslinux.cfg, nor mounting the USB-stick on /cdrom..

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