Documentation for “Zerocat Hyperbola Setup”
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Booting Hyperbola Milky Way v0.4 ISO on Zerocat’s X230
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The goal of Zerocat Hyperbola Setup is to provide utilities that ease the installation of the Hyperbola Operating System.
The project provides a first shell script to help install Hyperbola Milky Way v0.4 GNU/Linux-libre: ../src/setup-hyperbola.sh
See script header for license and usage information.
See #../doc/hyperbola-install-script.md for a documented script run.
All paths within this document are relative to the location of this
source file, which is located in this project’s
It is assumed that you are running a GNU/Linux-libre operating system.
Use git to clone the project’s sources:
git clone git://zerocat.org/zerocat/projects/zerocat-hyperbola-setup
Change into the project’s documentation folder:
README.md to get started:
If you are on GNU Guix System, use make to create a dedicated profile, once. This allows you to match your environment to the one used by Zerocat, thus producing bit-identical results:
make -C ../guix pull
Create an empty environment with dedicated guix channel:
make -C ../guix environment
Create a shell with all prerequisites set up:
make -C ../guix shell
To leave the shell and the environment, later on, when you are done with this project, type:
To remove this project’s handy guix profile, type:
make -C ../guix clean
This will remove symlinks only. If you want to remove the profile from your system, run the GNU Guix Garbage Collector.
To list all available targets, type:
make -C ../guix help
If you are on another distro, check file ../guix/manifest.scm and install the listed packages with your package manager, manually. Adapt package names as required.
To build the documentation, type:
make -C ../doc
To get a full list of available targets, type:
make -C ../doc help
To clean-up, type:
make -C ../doc clean
Zerocat Hyperbola Setup ships copyrighted work.
Zerocat Hyperbola Setup is free software. It makes use of free software approved licenses only and should be freely distributable:
Authorship, copyright and license information may be provided in more detail on a per-folder and/or per-file basis. Check the sources.
Please report a bug if you find the distribution hindered.
See Zerocat Website for contact information.
Documentation source files are written in markdown syntax. They should carry their individual copyright and license notices right below the title giving headline, e.g.:
<Title-of-Document> =================== Copyright (C) <Year> <Name-of-Author> <Email-Address> Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled "GNU Free Documentation License". <Other-Headline> ---------------- ...content...
The generated documentation carries a license notice right at top on
its title page, with copyright statements generated from
Sections of the generated documentation are build from selected markdown source files, with their individual copyright and license notice stripped.
In order to enrich the generated documentation ...
*.mdmarkdown source files to
... and adapt ../doc/Makefile to produce nice output.
In case more tools are needed, don't forget to update ../guix/manifest.scm.
To make your image look nice within the documentation, select a landscape layout of 16:9 aspect ratio.
Use ImageMagick to prepare your image, e.g.:
If your image is big, reduce it to a maximal width of 2000 pixel:
mogrify -resize 2000x <image>
Please clean image files from metadata, before committing, i.e.:
mogrify -strip <image>
If you embed your image into a markdown documentation file, use this syntax:
![<path/to/image>] [<path/to/image>]: <path/to/image> "title message"
![<path/to/image>][my-image-shortcut] [my-image-shortcut]: <path/to/image> "title message"
These patterns will guarantee that
<img> tags will have their
title attributes properly set within the html output.
Please use this license header for code source files:
Zerocat Hyperbola Setup --- Get the Hyperbola Operating System installed. Copyright (C) <Year> <Name-of-Author> <Email-Address> This file is part of Zerocat Hyperbola Setup. Zerocat Hyperbola Setup is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. Zerocat Hyperbola Setup is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with Zerocat Hyperbola Setup. If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.
If you intend to write shell scripts, use this skeleton to make them work for GNU Guix:
#!/bin/sh # Re-exec if we are not using Bash or are using Bash in POSIX mode. if [ -z "$BASH" ] || [ "$BASH" = "/bin/sh" ]; then bash=`command -v bash` if [ -z "$bash" ]; then echo "Couldn't find Bash, sorry!" exit 1 else exec "$bash" "$0" "$@" fi fi # We're using Bash now. set -o errexit set -o nounset set -o pipefail # Your code goes here ...
Update ../doc/NEWS.md and list your contributions.
You can use
git shortlog to get a starting point for your edit.
This project comes with a dedicated tool to install a fully set up and well configured Hyperbola GNU/Linux-libre System in one go: Zerocat’s Hyperbola Install Script
The script is meant to run on the Hyperbola Milky Way v0.4 Live ISO, which can be downloaded from the Hyperbola Wiki.
The Hyperbola Project follows the FSDG, and ships with nothing but free software. It aims to improve reliability and integrity of the GNU System.
This tool is provided with special thanks to Hyperbola’s developers André (Emulatorman) and Tobias (Throgh), who helped in detail with essential configuration files.
hostnameand check name pattern
The script (see commit
f8b4933) has been tested in detail,
successfully, as of March 2022. Later on, the script’s main checklist
has been enriched with an initial dropdown to set the Live ISO’s
keymap, thus affecting and improving password entries (see commit
Search Hyperbola Configuration File for ISOLINUX
Start ISO Image
ISO Live Greeter and Prompt
Now adjust essential settings, typically:
loadkeys de setfont eurlatgr
Setup Wifi, e.g.:
ip link # find the name of your wifi device, i.e. wlp2s0 ip link set wlp2s0 up wpa_supplicant -B -i wlp2s0 -c <(wpa_passphrase <SSID> <Password>) dhcpcd wlp2s0 ip a # check whether wifi is up and running
Mount your thumbdrive and run script:
lsblk # find your thumbdrive device, i.e. /dev/sdc1 mkdir thumbdrive mount /dev/sdc1 thumbdrive ./thumbdrive/setup-hyperbola.sh
Let’s use the script to install a fully encrypted Hyperbola System. Instead of providing all screenshots of the session, let’s talk about selected key stones only.
Welcome Message of Script
Main Checklist: all entries enabled
Select internal Disk, here: /dev/sda
Select full encryption with LUKS1
Now request Menu in order to assign Mountpoints ...
... select LUKS1 container ...
... and assign the selected partition to mountpoint: /mnt/
Hit “Done” until the script starts with installation of the base system.
Installation of the base system.
From now on, the script’s dialogues should be quite intuitive, so let’s drop details here. For most settings a default value is suggested, and you can safely hit the “Enter” button to end up with a german setup and the ICE Window Manager.
Note the script is tailored to put a system onto a corebooted laptop with the GRUB2 bootloader located in chip. By default, no bootloader is installed into the MBR of the selected disk.
GRUB2 Install Options (default: no installation into MBR)
Finish; Type 'halt' to shutdown. Remove Thumbdrives.
Now, let’s try the new zerocat-hyperbola-machine:
Select the proper keymap for GRUB2 Payload
Decrypt Partition (ahci0,msdos1)
Search Hyperbola’s Configuration File for GRUB
Hyperbola Boot Menu
To start the ICE Window Manager, just log in.
(If you want to establish WiFi networks, log in as a priviledged user.)
Fresh Start of the ICE Window Manager
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