Have noticed articles on AutoTux over the past few days ‘n gave it a spin this morning.

Welcome to AutoTux – A Fully Automated Installable Linux System!

AutoTux is a pre-configured Linux Operating System packed with a selection of software (amongst others) which come in handy to students especially during the Vocational IT, Computing, Robotics and ICT C3 courses in Malta. The system is based on the rock-solid Debian 10 “buster” operating system. No network connection is needed, since all packages are on the installation media. The system uses XFCE which is a lightweight desktop environment for UNIX-like operating systems. It aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly.

I’ve ranked Debian as the second worst Linux Distro since starting this blog in January of last year (just behind Arch Linux)…perhaps it is “rock-solid” as a server or as an OS for students in Malta not needing internet; however, it has always had hardware recognition problems for me, and forget trying to connect Debian to my Wi-Fi USB adapter for a internet connection.

2.44 GB download – autotux_2.0-190903_amd64 ISO. Used Rufus to create a bootable USB (it’s not a ‘Live’ USB) and couldn’t get it too work. Tried again, this time with Etcher, and it worked just fine.

Tested it on main two Linux Test Machines – took 354 seconds to install using ‘InWin’ Intel computer ‘n 429 seconds using the ‘Apevia’ Ryzen™ computer. Listing in seconds because when the AutoTux installation process finishes it lists how long it took…in seconds. BTW, was installing to a 128GB SSD.

AutoTux is certainly an impressive ‘Fully Automated Installable Linux System’ as about all I had to do was select the USB from my Boot Menu, and it took over from there. There are various articles about AutoTux ‘n the installation process, but I liked Jack Germain’s the most – AutoTux is a Real Distro With a ‘No Hands’ Linux Installer provides the tips ‘n pics you would need to test it. Here’s the best Tip:

WARNING! Read This Before Trying at Home

The installation DVD or USB is potentially dangerous to an existing computer’s contents. Seriously, this installation process is not like a typical Linux live session.

Live session environments let you boot a computer into a fully functional demonstration mode that runs in the computer’s memory and/or from the DVD or USB device. Live sessions usually give you the option to install the Linux distro to the host computer’s hard drive for permanent use.

Sounds like Jack may have discovered that ‘Tip’ the hard way, i.e. wiping out something!? Anyway, another ‘Tip’ I used was:

The last printed message tells you to NOT REMOVE THE INSTALLATION MEDIUM YET BUT PRESS THE ENTER KEY.

Ignore that direction.

Instead, do remove the installation medium and press the Enter key. Otherwise, the installation process will start all over again, and again, and again…You get the idea!

When Jack starts giving warnings – humble me listens! Be sure to read his Article if you plan to try AutoTux.

Definitely an easy automated installer…too bad the Distro is Debian.