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    Quote Originally Posted by ruzzmon
    Are you implying that you leave your car running as you run something like 'emerge -uD world'?

    No, I'm saying I don't have that long that I don't use my car. I could always run an extension cord and an ATX PS into the car instead of letting it run from or drain the battery at all. But what happens when I am 75% through the install running on AC and I get paged and have to go to work? My extension cord isn't that long...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpuype
    Okay look who is complaining ...
    Gas being $7.16 / a gallon here in Belgium
    You got me there! I guess we are all spoiled here in the states. We've had gas prices so low for so long, we have come to expect it.
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    Create something similar to this

    I've wanted to do this, but haven't really developed the expertise as of yet but to create an config file similar to http://www.easyvmx.com/ creates vmx files. It could create a shell script so that you select your distro and then check (or uncheck in some cases) the programs you want and based on your selection it would install or remove the programs in the selected distro.

    Edit: It may not be paticular programs but maybe groups of programs (e.g. Remove Office Utilities, the 500 bash shells, etc.) then the install programs could be leading programs that would most commonly be used in CarPCs (e.g. GPS, Multimedia, Power Saving Apps, etc.)


    A really really crazy design would be allowing the user to create a viable frontend with just a WYSIWYG editor (w/an AJAX [suprise! suprise!] interface) On a side note: AJAX is really starting to annoy me with everything "AJAX Inside" BS but its just that it would work well in this situation for n00bs to do their thing.

    But to start small [well still a large project] would be to create a script to do the shell script and then move on. IMO I think that the lightweight distros are the best to go with like DSL, Feather, Puppy, and Morphix are the ones I know off the top of my head.

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    Ummm. vmx files are config files for VMware. You can also use QEMU to create the virtual disk files and VMBuilder to create the vmx file.

    You realize you need either the VMware Player or VMware Workstation to use the virtual machine, right? It will not run natively on any hardware. Also you have to go throught a complete install and need the installation media. The tools above only create the framework for a virtual machine and you fill it in with an actual install.

    If you want to create an installation script for Linux, look at kickstart files for RedHat. There are similar methods for other distros. 3 Gentoo scripts for 2005.1 can be found here. You can tweak them to fit your needs.
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    I know

    Yeah I know that you need VMware because I use these scripts but I was just trying to draw a parallel sort of like how you need linux (or a linux emulator) to run shell scripts. I mean for installing it you could just download the distro and use it but then use the install/remove commands for the selected distro.

    Edit: I actually use VMware on a daily basis so I was just trying to find a comparison.

    For example, if I chose Ubuntu as my distro it would output a large sudo apt-get remove <packages to be removed> and sudo apt-get install <packages to be installed>. It could be done this way in various other distros using the commands native to the specific distro. Also, you could always config the distro after its been installed or have preconfigured distros that could be installed.

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    Gotcha. I run a lot of VMware at work too, almost 200 VMs. Most people don't realize the VMs don't run native. Sorry, just pointing that out in case you didn't know. I think the way to go for scripted custom installs is kickstart or similar. Then you just boot the iso, point to the kickstart file and come back in a while and it's done.
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    Thanks

    Cool! Thanks for the resources from before.

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