Installation Method

In the Kickstart Configurator screen's left pane, select Installation Method. The options are straightforward. The Ubuntu version of this tool supports only new installations; it does not support the Red Hat options associated with upgrades. The tool is somewhat interactive; for example, if you select an FTP installation method, the Kickstart Configurator

Basic Installation Option


Default Language

Assigns the default language for the installation and operating system.


Sets the default keyboard; normally associated with language.


Configures the pointing device; if in doubt or if the pointing device varies, the Probe For Mouse option normally works.

Emulate 3 Buttons

Configures the left and right mouse buttons; when pressed simultaneously, it simulates the action of the middle mouse button. If you have a scroll wheel, press on it; if it clicks, it already works (and should be automatically recognized) as a middle mouse button.

Time Zone

Allows configuration of the time zone of the local system.

Use UTC Clock

Supports computers where the hardware clock is set to UTC, functionally equivalent to Greenwich Mean Time.

Language Support

Adds the current and any extra languages for configuration and installation.

Target Architecture

Helps customize a Kickstart file for different CPU architectures; be warned, architectures such as IA-64 are not supported by the Ubuntu project or Canonical.

Reboot System After

Adds the reboot command to the end of the Kickstart


configuration file.

Perform Installation

Supports automated installation in text mode; should

In Text Mode

always be selected for automated Ubuntu installations.

Perform Installation

Allows you to test the steps associated with a Kickstart-

In Interactive Mode

based installation; default answers as configured here are added during the installation process, which helps you review how it works with the installation program.

Table 3-1. Kickstart Basic Configuration Options

prompts for the name or IP address of the FTP server and the shared directory with the installation files. It also supports entries for an FTP username and password, if the FTP server does not support anonymous connections.

You can configure a Kickstart file to install various Ubuntu releases from a CD, a local hard drive partition, or an HTTP or FTP server. NFS (Network File System)-based installations are no longer supported. (I use virtual machines for most of my systems, so I configure the Ubuntu Server installation from a CD. Since the CD drive on a virtual machine is a virtual device, it isn't limited by the mechanical speeds of a physical CD/ DVD drive.)

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