Just caught up with this thread. Kind of late in the show it seems.
I would like to comment on a couple things.
Thunar custom actions;http://docs.xfce.org/xfce/thunar/custom-actions
That is from;http://docs.xfce.org/xfce/thunar/start
Which in trun is from;http://docs.xfce.org/
If there is another request for packages installed on a Debian netboot or netinstall image the easy way to share these is to;
Do your install
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dpkg --get-selections > selections.txt
This will put selections.text in your /home/<user name> directory.
Post this on the forum using code tags.
Also post your sources.list, again in code tags.
If you want people to try the same config as you use simply post the ~/.foo files.
The person recieving this info can then put the files where they obviously go. As for the sources.txt file I put it, for use, in my /etc/apt directory and point this command there;
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aptitude update && aptitude install dselect && dpkg --set-selections < /etc/apt/selections.txt && dselect install
I am sure that works as I use it a good bit in my playing around. The default command leaves out the "/etc/apt/" part and undoubtedly looks for sources.txt in the /home/<user name> directory but I have never tried that, I don't want the file there because I am a grumpy geezer (that is reason enough - ask any grumpy geezer).
This way a very good copy can be made without the person that built the thing having to use expensive band width for an iso.
I like this way of installing as I can use a quick install image and come back here where I can run boinc, listen to music and finish the install using my file browser and a chroot environment.
I do not know how many of you may have tried sharing a /home with several / partitions. This can be very handy when testing things out. Linux is a multi user based system and handles this easily. You do have to use a different user name for each / partitions install. Security is not an issue so they can all use the same password. The important thing is that the ~/.foo files have a separate user directory in which to store the config files.
I have never used more than 3 / partitions on one /home. I have known people to use up to a dozen though with no problem. I just don't have a simple way to remember more than 3 user names and keep straight what install they go to.
Remember that you don't have to vary the name much. You could use "user1", "user2" and "user3". I usually have tom sam and walt. If any of them piss me off pete clem or jak take their place.
I find it easier to remember if there is some connection with the install. I use Debian so and the installs I play with are usually testing and sid. Walt (Wheezy) and Sam (Sid) are pretty common. Here you could have three pre made / partitions say 8gigs and a 15gig /home. Roughly 40gigs for 3 installs with plenty of room to breath. Alpha (Art), Beta (Ben) and RC (Ralf).
It is nice to keep those older versions for comparison and debugging of the RC and Final (Frank if you have an extra /) for that matter. If you try to keep them pretty similar you also have alternate ~/.foo files you can plug in for some quick configuration.
I don't like to test in VB, I like a real hardware install. I like to multi boot probably too excessively though.
Dell XPS 420 Core2 Quad Q 6600, audigy5.1, Radeon HD 6450 - currently 4 320Gb HDD, Debian Squeeze for secure use, Debian testing for daily use, Debian Sid for fun.