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