Preparation for the Fast Installation Methods


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If you already have a bootable CD or USB Stick with our Labtix installation environment and Laboo Images for cloning, you can skip this chapter.

The Fast Installation methods use an auxiliar tool (LiveCD) Labtix in order to easily allow us to restore a copy of a pre-installed full-content Labdoo system prepared by our technical experts, called Image. These images are prepared for four main Languages (English, Spanish, German, French) so it is required as well, if sending laptops to a country with a different language, to install also the Additional Content

The following components are required:
Labtix bootable media: It can be a CD or USB stick, that you use to boot the Laptop you want to have restored, into the LAbtix einvironment
External USB Drive: In which you have downladed the Images and the Additional Contents from our FTP (Labdoo, also provides an already prepared USB Drive to the volunteers, please contact your local Hub)

Labtix: The Labdoo installation environment

In order to provide a free tool that allow us to sanitize both old and newer Computers, has prepared a very light bootable (live-image) based on the Linux-Version Antix that we have named Labtix (from Labdoo and Antix).

In Labtix you will find all the tools that you need to delete the old content in the laptops, and to perform the fast and automated restoration proceses in order to obtain a ready-to-ship computer. Additionally, in this live-image you will find many tools that can be used to check and diagnose the hardware of the machine (processor temprerature, damaged hard drives, etc.)

You can download Labtix from here (MD5SUM).

Once downloaded, you can create a bootable media (CD or USB) that you can use to boot the donated laptops up, and start the sanitation process.

Creating a bootable USB or CD/DVD from the Labtix ISO

If you dont want to Burn a CD to have the Labtix bootable CD and want to use a USB instead, you will have to create a bootable USB
Depending on the Operative System you work, the procedure to do this can be as described bellow (but if you see you run into problems creating the bootable USB stick, burn the ISO file on a CD and go forward...)

- Download and run a program for creating bootable media. For example, Rufus: (link is external)
- Run Rufus, select the USB on the Device, click on SELECT button and choose your labtix.iso file, then click on Start button.

Once you know the device path to your USB key (in the examble /dev/sdb) run:
dd if=Labtix.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=1M; sync
(see details explained under:

You can use the procedure described under
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Downloading images and additional content from the Labdoo FTP Server

For the Fast Restoration method you will need the Labdoo Images for Cloning. These images are copies of the hard drive of already sanitized laptops that you will use to restore the laptops that you want to newly sanitize.

You will find these images online in the Labdoo FTP server You can download these images from your web browser: select the image you want to download, right click on it, and then select "save link as".

These images are large and it takes long to download them, so if you are familiar with FTP clients, we recommend to download them directly via FTP (sftp is also supported) by connecting via user labdoo and password labdoo too.

Labdoo Images for Cloning

When deciding what image to use there are serveral aspects you need to consider:

  • The processor architecture of the laptop you are sanitizing (32 bit or 64 bit). You can find this out once you have booted the laptop with labtix, as shown in the video above.
  • The language you want to install.
  • The size of the disk, which you can check as well once you have booted for the first time with labtix, as shown in the video above.

The name of the image files on the FTP will tell you:

The French, Spanish and German images (required 80 Gbs) already contain all the Labdoo content prepared for these languages (Wikiperdias, RACHEL Open Educative Resources, Khan Academy...)

The English images of 80 Gbs as well, but the bigger images (160,250 Gbd) include even more educative contetns

Additional Content

Content in additional languages has to be copied in addition after the restoring process, except if using the method, that allows to deploy additional contents. We will come later to this...

USB Extern Hard Drive

The images that you download will have to be uncompressed and copied on a external USB HD. The USB Hard drive has to be formatted in a file system that allows files of big size. For instance, it cannot be FAT32 which can only handle files smaller than 4Gb. NTFS is the recommended file system type.

The scripts the automated deployment are based on, require that these uncompressed directories are copied directly into the hard drive without successive directories. For more details please refer to the manual

Continue reading under this section:
Connecting to the Labdoo FTP server