As an extension of my tinkering <here>
with an attempt at poor mans install, I have what I think may be of interest to some OEM PC builders.Warning to noobies! Best this is attempted on a spare testing machine.
1. Prepare a multiOS.iso similar to <here>
Mine includes the current six flavors of PCLOS>
2. Partition a new HDD as ext2> 5MB Primary (label Factory Boot
) + 5GB Primary (label Hybrid
) & the remainder is left as free space.
(I've used a SATA HDD Docking Station for this purpose)
3. Grabbed the /boot folder from a PCLinuxOS LiveUSB Creation. (pclinuxos-kde-2011.6)
edit the /boot/grub/menu.lst to>
title Factory Boot (hd0,1)
and edited the file> device map
4. (as root) copy modified /boot folder to Factory Boot
partition (/dev/sdb1 on my system) YMMV !
5. (as root) install GRUB to /dev/sdb (/dev/sdb - hd1,0 on my system) YMMV
grub> root (hd1,0)
grub> setup (hd1)
6. and finally (as root)>
isohybrid -partok multiOS.iso
dd if=multiOS.iso of=/dev/sdb2
Again my warning! - (/dev/sdb2 on my system) YMMV
The hard drive should now be ready for installation on a new PC build. The choice of six PCLOS flavors available to the new user to peruse at bootup. When a chosen flavor is installed on the free space remaining on the HDD, most installs result in a GRUB menu list that includes an option that points back to the Hybrid Boot menu
. This is desirable for later re-installation or change in OS preference.
So what do you think? Comments and suggestions welcome.
edit> typo (chainloader +1)