The computer they prefer!
People frequently ask for the possibility to definitively install DoudouLinux onto a computer which would then be dedicated to children. Although this was not a major objective of the project, this function was integrated as a result of several user’s requests. Please remember that one of the primary goals of DoudouLinux is to allow children to use the computer without the risk of damaging data already stored in the machine. This is why installing DoudouLinux will never be possible with a single mouse click…
First of all, DoudouLinux is designed to be risk free, providing high security, whatever the computer that it runs on is - no data will not be modified. However, if you wish to provide your children with a dedicated computer, it is more interesting to install DoudouLinux onto the computer hard drive. The system will start faster, there will not be the risk to mislay the CD support or the USB key anymore, nor the noise produced by CD rotation. Moreover data persistence will be automatically activated, giving the children the possibility to access their former work. The type of data persistence activated will also give you the possibility to install additional software packages whenever needed.
Important notice: the installation tool does not currently change administration rights of the DoudouLinux system. This means that anybody opening an activity « Whole DoudouLinux » can launch operations with administration rights. Thus, considering the type of data persistence that the installation program activates, all system modifications, including the wrong ones, will be saved…
So yes, DoudouLinux can be installed but not by clicking on the mouse buttons only and not by choosing an « Install » option of some application menu neither. However the installation process which is currently available is designed to be very simple: you do not have to make choices, except in the case where multiple hard disks are available, situation that requires the user to decide which hard disk to use! In return:
For people who did not pay enough attention to former paragraphs, we insist again: Installing DoudouLinux definitively will also destroy all data stored on the computer… And DoudouLinux only will be available after completing this irreversible operation. If this is what you want, the installation process is the following:
For the USB support you have two options:
Important notices for the first case:
In order to run the installation tool, you must enter the « Whole DoudouLinux » activity, then you have to launch the console. This can be done from the « Work » tab, « Tools » group, « LxTerminal » icon. Another possibility is to use the key shortcut mapped to the console and simultaneously press the Logo and the T keys . Then type the following command in the console:
A series of windows will then be displayed, three of them are only checking that you are fully aware of being destroying all your computer data. The installation program starts by searching for the availability of an USB medium with either a Live DoudouLinux system or a disk image (IMG) file. A window will show you the search result. In case of failure, you will be invited to run the process again, after you have checked that the USB key is correctly plugged. Then the installation program will search for internal hard disks before proposing to install DoudouLinux. The user just has to accept the installation program propositions.
Please note that no window will be displayed during the installation process. This process will last few minutes, around 5 minutes. Once you have started the installation, you have to patiently wait for the last confirmation window, which will inform you that DoudouLinux was successfully installed onto your computer. All you have to do then is to restart your machine and enjoy!
For curious people, the installation tool does three operations:
Partition sizes are automatically computed, the internal hard disk and the DoudouLinux key are automatically detected too, this is why the installation tool does not ask for any technical question. This could not be possible if we had considered the standard installation process for Linux systems instead.
Note: the kind of persistence activated is using the partition folders directly instead of an unique file on this partition. These data can then be easily accessed without DoudouLinux.
 This is a classic function, available for all Linux flavors, but for now we have voluntarily chosen a damned simple installation process that does not support this function.
 You can place the file anywhere onto the USB medium, DoudouLinux will search for it in all folders.
 This is a more technical operation, which will allow you to eliminate the use of the CD for the installation process, but only if your computer can be started from an USB key
 Logo is the key located on the bottom left side of the keyboard, generally between the Ctrl and the Alt keys.
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