May 12 2009

jaunty netbook remix DVD iso

My daughter saw my netbook the other day and decided that she wanted UNR on her Tosh laptop to replace the 8.04 hardy I had installed for her (no-one in my family is allowed a proprietary OS – this occasionally causes some friction).

Anyway, the old Tosh she uses (which has seen various distros during its life) initially presented me with something of a challenge when she asked for UNR – it cannot boot from a USB stick. I couldn’t find an iso image of jaunty-unr so I decided to see if I could build one myself. It turned out to be quite easy. The USB stick image contains all you need to make an iso using mkisofs.

Here’s how:

– mount the USB image;
– copy the entire image structure to a new directory (call it /home/user/temp or whatever, just be sure to copy the entire structure including the hidden .disk directory);
– cd to the new directory and rename the file “syslinux/syslinux.cfg” “isolinux/isolinux.cfg”;
– rename the directory “syslinux” “isolinux”;

Now build an iso image with mkisofs thusly:

mkisofs -J -joliet-long -r -b isolinux/isolinux.bin -c isolinux/ -no-emul-boot -boot-load-size 4 -boot-info-table -o /home/user/outputdirectory/jaunty-unr.iso .

(where /home/user/outputdirectory is your chosen directory for building the new iso called jaunty-unr.iso)

Now simply burn the iso to DVD.

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    • Sebastian on 2009/09/29 at 12:06 am


    many thanks for this great HowTo.
    I had the same Problem that i cant start from USB.
    Great Job!

    Regards Sebastian

    • Mick on 2009/09/29 at 8:33 pm

    Glad you found it useful.


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