Setup Debian image - How?



  • Hi everyone,

    I’m being tasked with installing Debian Linux on some old Windows XP netbooks to hand out to students (since we don’t have the extra licenses for Windows 7, nor the money to upgrade them all). We have FOG Trunk installed and working for the Windows 7 systems on our network.

    What needs to be done for Linux to get captured then deployed to multiple systems (of mostly the same model)? Do I need to do anything at all? Does the Hostname Changer work automatically? I assume I need to follow these instructions (but changing the partition numbers) to get it to boot, but is there any other configs I need to do?



  • This worked great! The Wiki for installing Mono should be updated for Debian Jessie, as apt-get does not work for installing Mono. I had to resort to the instructions on this page:

    apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv-keys 3FA7E0328081BFF6A14DA29AA6A19B38D3D831EF
    echo "deb http://download.mono-project.com/repo/debian wheezy main" | tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mono-xamarin.list
    echo "deb http://download.mono-project.com/repo/debian wheezy-apache24-compat main" | tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mono-xamarin.list
    echo "deb http://download.mono-project.com/repo/debian wheezy-libjpeg62-compat main" | tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mono-xamarin.list
    apt-get update
    apt-get install mono-complete

  • Moderator

    Most information on that can be found here: https://wiki.fogproject.org/wiki/index.php?title=FOG_Client


  • Developer

    @lukebarone I might add a few things to what George already said. The new FOG client is meant to run on linux as well. But it’s still a bit early for it to be fully ready for the mass. Please search the forum for it and you’ll find infos on this as well as other tips on how you can do this on linux clients without the FOG client. If you can’t find it, let us know.

    The instructions in the wiki you posted a link to seem quite old to me. I don’t think you need to mess around with grub (config) if you have FOG trunk… Give it a go and let us know if you run into trouble - so we can fix those for you!


  • Moderator

    While I don’t have an absolute answer for you I do have a few comments.

    1. You can setup a linux system and clone it without issue with FOG.
    2. The host name changer function is something that is unique to the FOG client application. I know they are working on a linux equivelent to this service. I’m not sure where it is in the development process.
    3. You might want to look at Zorin as an alternative to Debian. Zorin is based on Ubuntu, which is based on Debian. With Zorin you can change the user interface to look very similar to Windows 7 plus you have access to all of Ubuntu’s software catalog. Another viable OS to look into is Mint.

    Just set up your linux reference image the way you want it and then capture the image. You can always change the name manually or via a FOG post install script. Name changing with linux is easy the name is just kept in a text file. You also might want to look into AD authentication for this linux devices. That way you can have a consistent authentication method across your campus. This will add a little complexity during deployment but its possible.


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