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j4cobgarby
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Program to give tailored instructions to install linux on your specific computer

Project Type
Open source idea
Summary

Program to give tailored instructions to install linux on your specific computer

Description
Lots of people - myself included, at one point - seem to have problems installing Linux. There can be all sorts of reasons for this: when it was me, I couldn't set up Wi-Fi from the command line. Anyway, wouldn't it be useful to have a program which analyses your system for a bit - disks, partitions, hardware, etc., and then, given a particular distro, would tell you fairly detailed instructions on the best way to install it on your computer? I'm not sure currently exactly how this would work in practise, but I'll think about it.
Tech Stack
C/C++? Open to change.
Current Team Size
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Comments
  • 3
    Would that be a windows program or a linux one ? Because even if you installed one distro it doesnt mean you can install them all...
  • 3
    Cool idea, but it seems extremely impractical. If you're going to do this you might as well try and write a generic installer instead, and I think there are very good reasons why that doesn't exist...
  • 2
    I think this would be a great idea for a website or a good moderated subreddit, wiki. It doesn't need to be a program. But a go to place for that information would be a blessing. Have had trouble with several mashines latly even get linux running.
  • 1
    Yes yes yes Jacob. I will use it.
  • 1
    Maybe you can publish a blog for it. Why do we need an app for that?
  • 3
    Okay, I think it may be a better idea to make a kind of generic linux installer, for windows
    It would ask which distribution, automatically download it, install It, then provide tailored set-up instructions for once you boot into it @Zaphod65
  • 2
    @j4cobgarby make sure it does not impact existing OS (especially Windows).
  • 2
    @Floydian or have an option for rewriting the whole disk
  • 1
    @j4cobgarby We need to take care of data.
  • 2
    Not to imply this idea isn't valuable, but the Arch Linux wiki has exceptional content for exactly this purpose, even if it's tailored for Arch.
  • 1
    @greyfade exactly, and this would be similar to that, but for all (or a select range of) distros
  • 2
    @j4cobgarby Well, I mean that nearly all of the content on that wiki already applies to the majority of distributions equally well. Similarly, the Gentoo wiki applies to most of the rest.
  • 0
    @greyfade Oh, you may have a point then
  • 0
    Maybe it should just be a linux virtual machine just to see if the user actually wants to dabble with it?
  • 2
    This would be a good idea if it was marketed well. Lots of wikis are out there and lots of obscure tutorials which is why non-technical people are not as inclined to go with linux. A mainstream tailored installer could flip the OS's popularity amongst the non-technical community upside down. I dont think someone who is rather inexperienced is going to read through an arch linux wiki and follow it correctly. There are so many ideas out there that are just improved slightly on and bring in the $$ by doing so. I would use this!
  • 1
    @cmrickels I try my best to spread Linux’s influence and it’s advantages over traditional systems at nerdofcode.com... one day Linux will dominate PC oses...
  • 1
    @nerdofcode I'll check it out
  • 1
    @cmrickels appreciate it :)
  • 1
    @cmrickels well that's a good point- would you be interested in helping make it?
  • 1
    @j4cobgarby that would honestly be fun as hell! But I start a new job in a week haha. You'd need a veteran in the Linux game to build something so complex. I write php so I'm on the programming short bus.
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