View Full Version : [ubuntu] Using Ubuntu without an internet connection

July 6th, 2008, 01:33 AM
I converted to Linux a few months ago and after the initial learning curve, I use it as my primary operating system (keep windows on there for a few key things but I only boot that up when necessary).
I run a Boy Scout camp up in the mountains and am partly responsible for a new tech area which has been quite popular. When we were recently donated 4 very nice computers from Raytheon that were wiped entirely and needed a new OS, I was thrilled to get to show off Ubuntu to the world. Installing went great and the built in programs work well, but there are several features that we'd like to add but I have no internet access available to those computers.
So to the point... what's the best way to get programs from a computer with internet (and running windows because my linux computer is up at camp with me as well) to the computers without? Apt-get is out of the question obviously, and I'm no good at compiling any source code (past attempts have failed pretty pathetically). Any quick and easy ideas? Is there any way to download a repository to a CD or something?
Thanks for the help!

July 6th, 2008, 01:35 AM
I think this may be something you'd find useful, not sure though as I've never tried what your doing.


July 6th, 2008, 02:02 AM
You can visit http://packages.ubuntu.com with an internet-linked computer, and save packages to disk or flash stick for later installation to your netless boxes. But you may find yourself in dependency hell that way, without apt/Synaptic to make sure all dependencies are filled. You might find it more convenient to get the computers online temporarily by using a mobile phone as a modem - see the link in my sig for a tutorial on how to do this.