1. What is the OULD Project?
The aim of the project is to establish a common Linux desktop within OUCS, and offer some peer support. It is not a managed desktop, but provides a supported base system on which users can build and from which they can restart for disaster recovery. Support is provided using an (archived) internal mailling list to capture a knowledge base as a set of web pages.
The simple idea is to standardize on Ubuntu, to smooth the way by creating local virtual packages and to package local software as needed.
2. Getting started with OULD
The basic principle of OULD is that a user will take the latest version of an untouched Ubuntu CD, install it, and then add other software. These additional bits of software will be added using Ubuntu's standard way of installing packages.
The additional software consists of:
There are therefore two steps: first install Ubuntu, and then install additional software.
2.2. Installing Ubuntu
Use the following steps to install Ubuntu:
Install. Clicking on this icon will install Ubuntu to a part of, or all of, the PC's hard disk.
[Use the largest continuous free space].
[Erase entire disk]option.
[Manually edit partition table].
Installation complete: Restart now. Click the button to restart. As part of this restart, the CD will be ejected. At this point, take out the CD and press
<Enter>on the keyboard.
Software updates available. Click this and follow the instructions given (note: doing these updates will require a reboot).
2.3. Installing additional software
OULD provides additional software. To install these additional pieces of
software you will first install the
ould-config-current-deb package and then you will
install one of:
ould-desktop: normal desktop tools
ould-laptop: as ould-desktop, but with the addition of the VPN client
ould-developer: the same as
ould-desktop, but with the addition of the Apache web server, PHP, Java etc.
Finally, you optionally install one or more of:
You can either install these packages from the command line or from a GUI interface. Both are described below.
2.3.1. Using a GUI to install the OULD packages
After having installed Ubuntu, you can use a GUI to install the OULD packages as follows:
Firefox should offer to run the GDebi Package Installer on it or save it to disk.
In Synaptic, click on
Reload in order to refresh the
This has installed the
package. It enables you to install the other OULD packages. To do this:
2.3.2. Using the command line to install the OULD packages
After having installed Ubuntu, you can use the command line to install the OULD packages as follows:
cd /tmp wget http://tei.oucs.ox.ac.uk/teideb/ould-config-current.deb sudo dpkg -i ould-config-current.deb
sudo apt-get update
apt-cache search ould --names-only
sudo apt-get install ould-desktop
sudo apt-get install ould-laptop
sudo apt-get install ould-developer
The OULD packages should now be installed.
3. OULD on a USB key
It is easy to make a bootable USB key of Ubuntu, so that you can carry around an operating system in your pocket. Use the tool at System/Administration/Startup Disk Creator to make one from your running system.
Please join the OULD discussion list (email@example.com): send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org and you should receive an automated reply telling you how to confirm your request to join the list.
There is an OULD wiki which may offer useful advice, and to which you are encouraged to contribute with your own advice and experiences, successful or otherwise!
If you use this documentation to install Ubuntu onto a PC, please add your comments to the OULD Wiki User Reports page. In particular, record any difficulties you encounter, and any other packages you have installed. Not only will this give you a record of what you did for future reference, but it will help others.
Conversely, if you run into difficulties when installing OULD, you may find it useful to look at the User Reports page to see if someone else has had the same problem already.
The RT queue for OULD problems is: email@example.com