Debian Install

I want to begin now with a Debian Linux installation. It’s fairly step-by-step with screenshots.

I chose to download the “Net Installer” image. This is a .iso image about 180 MB in size. The link for that image is http://www.debian.org/distrib/netinst.

The Debian installation is a old-school non-graphical installation. For those of us who have been around Linux a little longer, this is a completely comfortable interface. However, for those who are newer to Linux, the non-graphical installation may be intimidating. The images are fairly well documented. Perhaps this will help guide individuals through the installation.


Step 1: Debian asks how you want to partition your hard disk. I chose to use the entire disk.


Step 2: The installer installs base system components such as the kernel.


Step 3: Since I chose the network install Debian asks about configuring the package manager.


Step 4a: Choose the Mirror


Step 4b: The chosen mirror is examined for accessibility.


Step 4c: Updated software is downloaded and installed.


Step 5: Configuration data may be sent to Debian. I chose “no”.

Step 6: Additional software is installed.


Step 7: The installer can be performed in a particular language. I chose English.


Step 8: This steps indicates a region choice and dictation.


Step 9: Choice of keyboard layout.


Step 10a: Hard disk partitioning/setup. Basically, for the purpose of this review, I chose the easiest and most straightforward disk partitioning scheme.


Step 10b: Choose to write changes to disk.


Step 10c: Basically an “are you sure”. Again, I said that I was.


Step 11: Timezone choices are made for clock purposes.


Step 12: Choose the root password. The root account is the superuser or the administrator of the computer.


Step 12: Username choice for individual users.


Step 13: What software will you choose to install? I chose only the desktop installation. I would interested to see how well the laptop installation works on a laptop.


Step 14: Keep all possible modes and resolutions that are desirable. The display that I’m using is a wide-screen so I have to pick appropriate resolutions.


Step 15: Grub installation options. Grub can be installed to the master boot record (MBR) in this case.


Step 16: Reboot!


Step 17: Gnome Desktop installed by default after the reboot. The package updater is automatically launched to ensure that all security updates are retrieved. It should be noted that Debian runs a 2.6.18 kernel. I believe these kernels predate the “tickless” or asynchronous kernels.


Step 18: Basic applications are installed by default. Openoffice.org is an older version.


Step 19: Iceweasel browser showing www.distrostop.org with automated network access. Iceweasel credits it’s Mozilla heritage.

In the end, I look forward to spending more time with Debian. For someone who requires more control that Ubuntu (and it’s variants grant), Debian could definitely be the answer. The package management system is legendary. I think anyone using it will enjoy it.

I hope this review of the installation process helps anyone who is a little nervous about tackling this for the first time.

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