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Ubuntu installation on XO laptop - Alex Belits
Ubuntu installation on XO laptop

I have posted Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy) installation procedure and files on OLPC News forums. Here is how it looks like:

XO Laptop, SD card, USB drive with tarball

SD card installation

Starting terminal, becoming root, stopping hal, disabling auto-suspend, unmounting and erasing SD card's partition table

Starting fdisk, seeing empty partition table

Creating primary partition

Writing partition table

Creating ext3 filesystem

Creating directory, mounting filesystem, finding and extracting tarball


Finished extracting tarball, checking directory contents

Copying security directory, kernel and ramdisk images, modules and firmware. Finishing installation, returning system to its original state


Booting from SD card

Linux boot-up messages

GDM login screen

Xfce desktop

Connecting to the wireless network

Starting terminal and aptitude

Installing updates

Increasing font size in Firefox

Forum post

I think, we have seen this already

For now, this is the easiest way to install it -- and since it works using XO itself for building the boot filesystem, it can be done by people who don't have other boxes running Linux. I will also post the "from scratch" installation procedure that produced those files I have placed into tarball -- they were installed in chroot environment starting from debootstrap.

Edit: I have posted the update with "from scratch" procedure.

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mackys From: mackys Date: April 27th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)


Well done!
endymion2021 From: endymion2021 Date: November 27th, 2008 06:29 am (UTC) (Link)


Just got my XO (g1g1 round 2). I am impressed by the your hard work, the polish is impressive.
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