• Developers Wanted - Graphical Installer Needed


    Hi there! You may be confused, thinking, “doesn’t Antergos already have an installer, Cnchi?”

    The answer to that of course is yes. Yes it does. However, to use Antergos one must first download the ISO, burn the ISO, boot the ISO, and then install the system from the ISO. All manually. Maybe it’s just me, but I know that when I was a newbie to the Linux world, I found that all confusing. Almost too confusing to go through with it. I have noticed that a few distros are starting to come out with .exe files that automatically download the ISO for you, automatically burn it to a flash drive for you, and then automatically set it to boot into Linux the next time you reboot your pc. For all of those poor Windows users out there, that seems like a great thing for them! They are already used to downloading programs and then starting the .exe file to actually install it, so why not make a version of that for Antergos? Of course, I would specifically love to have one compatible with Antergos Deepin (hence having it under this category) but if one is made for at least Antergos in general, I could adapt it to Antergos-Deepin myself. Sadly, I myself do not have the necessary knowledge or experience to pull this off alone. Due to this, I am asking if there is anyone with any interest in this what so ever, and then if there is anyone that could help me make this a reality. I would of course give full credit to whoever makes this for their work, and would mention you on my download page. Money however, I cannot give of course😄. If there is anyone out there who is interested at all in this, even just a little bit, please let me know !!! It would be great to make this into a reality.

    Thanks!

  • Similar to Wubi, but not quite the same. With Wubi, one can run Linux as a dual boot setup with Windows, but they are really running it more as a VM. All of the Linux files are still trapped in Windows, so if anything happens to Windows, it happens to Linux. If Windows receives a virus, Linux does too. If one uninstalls Windows, Linux goes along with it. And in addition to that, with Wubi you can only give 30 GB to your Linux OS as that is the maximum size it can allot to its’ Linux folder. So the same contraints that a VM presents are all present (minus the lag and reduced speed) of a VM. What I would like to achieve is a true, genuine, full-blown installer for Linux. One that lets you boot up into your distro of choice with no restrictions, just like you could if you manually burned the ISO and then booted from it.

    Thank you for your interest in this idea!

  • @joekamprad said in Developers Wanted - Graphical Installer Needed:

    Something like wubi?

    Not quite, but close😀. Something more like what Remix OS used to do before they ended support for their OS and moved to creating their own VM. It was just a simple installer that got your flash drive all setup to boot into Linux (download the ISO and burn it) and then boot into it. That was all it did, but it made it so much more user friendly.

  • Here’s a video of Remix’s version in action:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=nfsrGcLTyEs

    (just need to watch 2:02 minutes through 5:33 minutes)

  • I would say that what I am envisioning is more like UNetBootin, only it boots like a normal, actual Linux install.

  • not sure i’m following you here:

    1. do you want to run an .exe file inside windows and that will install “Antergos” alongside with windows? Then when you reboot the system you can choose which system to boot?
    2. you want to create something like unetbooting/rufus/universal usb installer?
  • Finally found the actual source code for the Remix Installation Tool and made a fork of it here:
    https://github.com/keeganmilsten/remixos-usb-tool

    Now I just need to figure out how to have it fetch the Antergos ISO instead of the Remix one😀.

  • etcher would be nice too ;)

  • @fernandomaroto said in Developers Wanted - Graphical Installer Needed:

    not sure i’m following you here:

    “This Remix OS UBS Tool is built on the Unetbootin open-source project. Remix OS UBS Tool is designed for users to flash Remix OS for PC onto a USB Flash Drive.”
    - Remix team

    In addition to flashing it to a drive though, it also has the option to reboot at the end, and somehow boots directly into their OS, not Windows.

  • @Keegan i try that older remix-os when it comes out, and it does not boot automaticly to remix-os on 3 different windows machines here (it does not boot at all mostly) … But may a was only having bad luck or crappy usb device ;)

    there is also http://www.linuxliveusb.com/en/supported-linuxes Lili it s able to download iso and burn it to usb…

  • @joekamprad said in Developers Wanted - Graphical Installer Needed:

    it does not boot automaticly to remix-os on 3 different windows machines here (it does not boot at all mostly)

    Hmmm… I thought it did, but perhaps I was mistaken😞. In that case, I shall be closing this thread and adding Etcher to my webpage😀.

    Thank you!

  • But @Keegan i love the idea! This may solve a lot of “I can not boot” problems fir the installer, but as I think it can went tricky in the first, caused by uefi, secure boot, and bios systems.
    But it is possible!
    May include dban to destroy windows completely :)
    The first research should be to find out how you can reboot to usb automatically.
    I know there are possibility to change the bootloader out of windows, and modify uefi settings too.

  • @joekamprad said in Developers Wanted - Graphical Installer Needed:

    But it is possible!
    The first research should be to find out how you can reboot to usb automatically.

    That would be a great feature😀.

    May include dban to destroy windows completely :)

    That’s a great idea! I didn’t even know that a package to do so existed🙂.

  • Maybe we could fork Etcher and go from there?
    What do you think?

    And thanks!

  • @joekamprad said in Developers Wanted - Graphical Installer Needed:

    I know there are possibility to change the bootloader out of windows, and modify uefi settings too.

    Hmmm… something similar to dconf maybe? It would need to be something that could be done from the command line in the background upon clicking on the corresponding button I would think.

  • Well, it may be a while until this application comes out😞. But in order to make it possible, I thought that perhaps I could start teaching myself Python so that someday it can be a reality😀. Is python a good language to use for Windows, Linux, and Macs?

    Thanks!

  • Starting my first lesson at codeacademy.com

  • @Keegan i also want to learn python, i’ll give this site a chance…

  • @Keegan My daughter at university starts learning Python soon. I’ll have to keep up with you all in some way. ;)

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