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    Question Recommended way to mass deploy Ubuntu desktop

    Coming from Fedora I'm quite adept at Kickstart for installing desktop machines.

    What is the officially recommended way to install multiple Ubuntu desktop machines?

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    Re: Recommended way to mass deploy Ubuntu desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by jbygden2 View Post
    Coming from Fedora I'm quite adept at Kickstart for installing desktop machines.
    What is the officially recommended way to install multiple Ubuntu desktop machines?
    In my opinion, If you are really going to install a Linux Ubuntu Operating System to your
    multiple desktop machine. I recommend you should use the Linux Ubuntu Operating System 20.04 LTS
    LTS stands for Long Term Support. Actually, It really depends on you which is more convenient to your needs.
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    Re: Recommended way to mass deploy Ubuntu desktop

    I don't think there is any official answer. Nobody here works for Canonical. May want to ask on IRC.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/lts/installa...amd64/apb.html Is that not what you seek? It is based on the older deb-install stuff.

    A little google-fu found these:



    With the removal of python2, many 20.04 and later distributions have challenges in previously working scripts.
    There isn't an easy solution for centralized LDAP that doesn't go through MS-AD. If you keep a FreeIPA server, that can still be used or some other openldap manager can work, provided it supports POSIX schemas.

    Update:
    I just did a server install following the Quickstart. Did it into a KVM VM (that's my skillset). I plan to try adding a few packages to the install using the autoinstall.yaml file shortly. xfdesktop4 will be key, though I don't really use any DEs. There is a "late-commands" option in the autoinstall file to do the post-install stuff we all like - say putting our ssh keys, bash_aliases, and some extra packages we like or remove some packages we dislike (nano!!!) from the systems. I haven't tested the autoinstall.yaml yet. Still patching the server install, which had over 200 updated packages. Think my ISO was from the original server.iso pre-20.04.1. With your kickstart knowledge, the tftp part should be a breeze - I'd guess.
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    Re: Recommended way to mass deploy Ubuntu desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by mIk3_08 View Post
    In my opinion, If you are really going to install a Linux Ubuntu Operating System to your
    multiple desktop machine. I recommend you should use the Linux Ubuntu Operating System 20.04 LTS
    LTS stands for Long Term Support. Actually, It really depends on you which is more convenient to your needs.
    Totally unrelated answer to a question that I didn't ask - but thank you for the tip. I had actually already come to that conclusion on my own.

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    Re: Recommended way to mass deploy Ubuntu desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by jbygden2 View Post
    Totally unrelated answer to a question that I didn't ask - but thank you for the tip. I had actually already come to that conclusion on my own.
    There is no need to berate anyone for trying to help.

    Perhaps, it would be helpful to explain:-

    What is Kickstart?
    What does it do?

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    Re: Recommended way to mass deploy Ubuntu desktop

    i am assuming that these machines are on a network and the network has access to the internet. This information might be useful. I have no experience of putting it into practice.

    https://ubuntu.com/download/alternative-downloads

    The network installer is also useful if you want to install Ubuntu on a large number of computers at once.
    Check this link out under Server and Network Installations. It has links to other documents

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation

    This link on installing over a local network may interest you.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/LocalNet

    There may be easier methods. A more modern tutorial.

    https://www.answertopia.com/ubuntu/i...ork-installer/

    And this mentions Kickstart

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Ki...830.1622927185


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    Re: Recommended way to mass deploy Ubuntu desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by jbygden2 View Post
    Coming from Fedora I'm quite adept at Kickstart for installing desktop machines.
    What is the officially recommended way to install multiple Ubuntu desktop machines?
    Actually I don''t really get what you mean but if you are after for kickstart then here's the link. below;
    HTML Code:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/lts/installation-guide/powerpc/ch04s05.html
    Hope it help.
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    Re: Recommended way to mass deploy Ubuntu desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by mIk3_08 View Post
    Actually I don''t really get what you mean but if you are after for kickstart then here's the link. below;
    HTML Code:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/lts/installation-guide/powerpc/ch04s05.html
    Hope it help.
    Did you mean to point to the Apple solution? There is another page, linked above, for normal X86-64 systems. I understand that Apple does things different.

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    Re: Recommended way to mass deploy Ubuntu desktop

    Could PXE boot with a preseed file setup

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    Re: Recommended way to mass deploy Ubuntu desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by mIk3_08 View Post
    Actually I don''t really get what you mean but if you are after for kickstart then here's the link. below;
    HTML Code:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/lts/installation-guide/powerpc/ch04s05.html
    Hope it help.
    Quote Originally Posted by TheFu View Post
    Did you mean to point to the Apple solution? There is another page, linked above, for normal X86-64 systems. I understand that Apple does things different.
    I don't think I'm sending any apple solution here. It was a link from help Ubuntu website. sorry am I mislaying here?
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