Quick Install and How to Use It

Quick Install is a new feature in Drauger OS 7.5.1. It allows users to copy installation configurations between multiple machines, effectively reducing the time needed to complete an installation, and allowing a veritable fleet of carbon-copy machines to be created with very little effort up front.

Alternatively, it can also be used to restore a machine to a known working order, similar to a factory reset on a smartphone.


Before getting to how to use Quick Install, I would like to note an important caveat.
If you use MANUAL partitioning with Quick Install, you will need to manually partition the drive you are installing on every time. This may be desirable if you are learning how to partition a Linux system, as you can change sizes and types of partitions between attempted installations, as long as the necessary drive letter and partition number exists and is capable of being mounted in the way Quick Install expects it to be (if /dev/sda3 is swap, /dev/sda3 must always be swap, etc). This being said, AUTOMATIC partitioning does not come with this limitation, but requires the usage of your entire internal drive. So, make certain you are comfortable with whichever option you choose.

In order to use Quick Install, first, proceed through an installation on Drauger OS 7.5.1 or later as you normally would. Instructions on how to do this can be found here, on our wiki

Once you have completed installation successfully, you should have the window shown below on screen.

Once on this screen, click “Advanced”.

Next, click “Dump Settings to File”

Set a file name and location, and system-installer will save a JSON file containing your settings.

Congratulations! You’ve finished the hard part!

Now all you have to do is when you go to start a new installation, click “Quick Install”.

Next, click “Select Config File”, browse to the JSON file we dumped earlier, and click “Open”

Now just confirm your settings in the window that pops up and you are good to go!

In the future, Quick Install may add support for more system settings, such as wallpaper, network settings, Xfce panel profile, and potentially even PPAs and installed packages. We will be sure to update this wiki article when/if these features become available, and how to take advantage of them.