I would like to have Ubuntu set its self up when it boots, as Windows does. There is a laptop that I am giving to a kid on Christmas with a dead Hard Drive, and I would like to prepare it for him. The laptop is not currently in my possession, but the hard drive is. I can do the troubleshooting for him if drivers are necessary later, but I would like the Hard Drive to have Ubuntu installed on it and just needing configuration with users and passwords. I have seen something like what I want before, but it was by a wubi install, and it did not prompt for a username and password to create.
So, if that confused you, my goal is to have the computer when it boots to prompt for a username and password to create.
I have an idea that could work, but not as well as desired. Currently, I have a live CD of Ubuntu 13.10, and I was planning on putting the Hard Drive in my laptop as its only, booting from a live usb, wiping the Hard Drive, creating a 512 Mb partition leaving the rest blank, and burning a live CD to that Hard drive to boot from. So, I would want to tweak the live HD's install to not allow the option for try Ubuntu.
I would prefer this to be on 13.10 because I have been using it flawlessly for the past month or two, and it has many features he would like. I am ok if it is only possible on 12.04.
So, to present all my Questions
- Can I install Ubuntu without a user, but prompt for one on First boot
- Or, can I install Ubuntu from a Hard Drive as a live CD to itself
If one of them gets answered, but not the other please answer the other one if you can for anyone else looking at this post. I will be trying the second method tonight possibly and answer below.