When I think about barriers to setting up OPSi, the first thing is the voodoo glaze in most people’s eyes when I tell them about my system. The thought of doing something similar is unthinkable to most people. But, what if it were much, much easier?
Today, I saw a project that sets up SD cards with various Raspberry Pi distros. It’s designed to be a drop-dead simple means for noobs to image raspberry pis. One of the cool things that caught my eye is this:
Creating a custom version of a NOOBS OS distribution that can be installed via NOOBS is now significantly easier (as is producing a NOOBS restorable backup of an existing OS install). This is due to NOOBS now populating partitions using compressed tarballs of filesystems rather than having to handle images directly. For instructions on how to do this please see: https://github.com/raspberrypi/noobs/blob/master/README.md.
How cool would it be to be able to have it write the whole dang SD card with Raspbian and OSPI right out of the chute?
Anyway, they’re asking for beta testers of their latest release.
Thanks for your suggestion and the pointers. This has been discussed in other threads as well. If someone is willing to create an SD card image with all the necessary components installed, I am happy to find a place to host the image file. For the time being, I don’t have much time to work on this myself and hope someone can step up to have this done.
I’ve been looking it over and playing with it. I’ll continue to explore. It may be over my head, but I’ll take some time with the idea. That post was primarily to float the idea and see what others thought.