Is there a way to do Raspbian (or another distro) installation without any display device attached ? Note that, my question is not about running the OS headless, which I think Pidora already supports (perhaps, even Raspbian), but about the initial installation and configuration.
Reason is that I neither have a TV, nor a HDMI capable display device. Only a VGA CRT monitor. I have already placed an order for a HDMI-VGA active converter, but it is going to be a while (3 weeks or so) before I can lay my hands on it. I have also ordered a EasyCap USB2.0 capture-device (found it after ordering the HDMI-VGA active converter), which takes RCA video input. It was pretty inexpensive, and impulsively bought it, since it was from a local seller in eBay, and hopefully I'd receive it within next 4-5 days. Of course, I've no idea if I'd do the job of acting as a display for my RaspberryPi.
However, the urge to do something with RaspberryPi is extremely high
!! So I was wondering if something like this is possible (hopefully with Raspbian, since I already have the image being downloaded):
1. Hopefully, Raspbian default installation is DHCP enabled, and it permits a "headless" initial bootup. My home ADSL router, assigns it an IP-address successfully. I can check from the router admin page what this IP-adderess is!
2. Login to the Raspbian over the IP-address found out in previous step, over telnet / ssh, from my PC.
3. Install vncserver, configure it to survive reboots
4. Connect using vnc-client from my PC, and thus avoid a display device directly (physically) connected to RaspberryPi
BTW, by "headless", should I assume without "display device" (HDMI / analog-RCA), or without keyboard & mouse as well ?
Would be good to see if anyone has tried this, or similar steps and can share their experiences.
PS> I am an engineer from Bangalore, India - with several ideas of what I might like to do with RaspberryPi in my spare time.