- instlux, a nice graphical installer to run under windows
- UNetbootin, a really nice graphical installer for linux and windows
- A grub trick for booting the installer from grub under windows described in detail for any linux, and in less detail but for ubuntu.
- I opened my downloaded ubuntu 8.04.1 server ISO image in archive manager and extracted the 'install' directory to /boot/install on my old computer. I did this with another 8.04 desktop, but could just as easily done it with the old computer itself.
- I edited /boot/grub/menu.lst, adding the following lines at the bottom:
title Ubuntu 8.04.1 Installer (hd0,0)(I actually first tried the vmlinuz and initrd.gz I found in the installer directory, but that insisted on a CD, and I did not want to try faking that with a raw partition, so I changed to the netboot option in the text above.)
kernel (hd0,0)/boot/install/netboot/ubuntu-installer/i386/linux vga=normal ramdisk_size=14972 root=/dev/rd/0 rw --
- I also commented out 'hiddenmenu' and added 'timeout 10' to menu.lst so that I would actually get to see the menu choice when I rebooted.
- Finally I rebooted and choose the new installer, and, after answering a bunch of question, viola, I had a new Ubuntu 8.04.1 server!