As you are may already know I’m very disappointed about netboot mini.iso removal from Ubuntu 20.10 and (possible) upcoming releases.
So I decided to ask community about their experience with mini.iso.
Maybe I’m wrong and simply should forget about the fact that Ubuntu is the best derivative of Debian and other great facts about positive Ubuntu history.
You use netboot mini.iso to install:
- system from the smallest <100 Mb install media
- on old systems with CD/DVD-only boot
- on old systems which recognize only small USB devices
- using with PXE boot
- on hardware RAID, software RAID, iSCSI volumes
- using custom partitioning scheme (LVM, encrypted LVM, full custom)
- really minimal system
- using proxy on the earliest stage
- the system without Snaps
- the system without cloud-init
- the system with carefully chosen deb-package set (like meta-packages for desktops and servers)
- to avoid removal of unneeded packages after installation
- under special conditions with limited hardware resources on RAM, disk and video (like QEMU on Android Termux, qemu-system-i386/x86_64 on ARM64, old versions of VirtualBox)
- to rescue installed system using rescue mode
- to boot minimal system for doing manual recovery tasks
- to use habital conventional way of installation to take the full control