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How can I configure a set of computers to netboot?

I have a number of machines which I'll be deploying in the near future. As suggested here, I could use network booting to get these computers online without even having a hard disk in them. According ...
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How can I build a custom distribution for running a simple web browser?

You'll have to forgive me, as I'm relatively new at doing something like this, but I need to do the following and I know that it has and can be done. Basically, a few friends and me are assembling ...
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Installing debian on existing ubuntu - will /home folder be removed?

I want to install Debian with LXDE on partition, that already have Ubuntu 11.04 installed. I have a lot of music there, and I don't want copy it to another partition. I know that Debian installer will ...
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installing centOS as second OS on laptop

I am going to install CentOS 5.6 by bootable dvd and I arrive at the Installation Method stage that forces me to choose one item to identify CentOS packages. My CentOS iso file exists on my hard drive ...
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Create Ubuntu USB-Installer from Debian

I have Debian Squeeze and want to create USB flash drive for install Ubuntu 11.04. I've already tried many ways: boot.img.gz + mini.iso at drive's root + syslinux = installer "couldn't found ...
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How to install CentOS 4.7?

I am trying to install CentOS 4.7. When I get on to the mirror site, it offers me different binaries, bin1of5, bin2of5,bin3of5, etc. I just want the basic version. Which one should I download? Thank ...
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How to fix possibly wiped MBR after centOS install?

I think I have messed this one up royally... I have done a clean install of centOS 5.6 (x86_64) on my system. I got through the installation process successfully and rebooted. Now I am greeted with ...
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Where can I get Debian initial version ISOs?

I am interested in installing initial versions of Debian on VirtualBox. Can anybody tell me where I can find these ISOs?
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How to move the existing mount point from /usr/local to /usr in Ubuntu 11.04?

I am running Ubuntu 11.04. During installation, instead of /usr, I mistakenly assigned /usr/local to a separate partition. Now I want to change the mount point to default to /usr on boot but I don't ...
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Disconnecting drives for dual-boot installation

Related to my post about my Arch installation, I'm wondering whether the following procedure would work: Disconnect sda Install Arch normally on sdb as if on a single-drive system Disconnect sdb, ...
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Problem installing Debian wheezy from USB stick

I try to install Debian wheezy on my IBM ThinkPad X40 2372-CTO via USB stick. First i do zcat boot.img.gz > /dev/sdb with this image. After that i do cp debian-*-netinst.iso /mnt/sdb with this ...
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Failed to boot a fresh FreeBSD 8.2 installation on an Intel SS4200-EHW

I've installed FreeBSD on an Intel SS4200-EHW which has four hard disks and a flash DOM (Disk On Module) disk through an IDE interface. I want to install FreeBSD on the Flash DOM. In order to get the ...
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First FreeBSD install. Is there anything I should know about differences between Linux and BSD?

I want to install FreeBSD today on a spare HDD I have lying around. I'd like to give it a trial run, learn a few things, and if it suits me I'll replace my current Ubuntu 10.10 'server/NAS/encoding ...
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Is it possible to reinstall Debian afresh and retain all the cutomisation and data from existing installation?

I have done something stupid and messed up my Debian Squeeze installation. Now, the problem is I have enough data and sowftware installations which I dont want to repeat, is it possible to reinstall ...
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Dual boot debian/Win XP - hidden partitions and primary partition limit

I decided it's (finally) time to make my eee a debian/WinXP dual boot. I have Windows already installed and chose to sacrifice most of an existing data partition for debian. Here's how the partitions ...
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Installing Fedora along side Ubuntu

I have installed Ubuntu 10.10 by specifying "Use the entire disk" during installation. Now, I would like to install Fedora alongside Ubuntu. I would like to know whether it's possible or not. If it's ...
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Ubuntu online installer? [closed]

Is it possible to install ubuntu (or preferably mint 9) on my toshiba notebook, using an online installer like the one on mintPPC? The one I am referring to is found here, but many can not access it. ...
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How do I find how long ago a Linux system was installed?

How can I find the time since a Linux system was first installed, provided that nobody has tried to hide it?
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How to install Debian from USB? (Using full size image not netinstall)

I learned of a way to install Debian from USB using the netinstall image, which is fine. However it means I have to spend hours and hours downloading packages to do the install. Is there a way I can ...
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Install new kernel in PowerPC debian

I compiled a new kernel image on x86 using cross compiler with these commands (source): $ cp arch/powerpc/configs/pmac32_defconfig .config $ make ARCH=powerpc menuconfig $ make ARCH=powerpc ...
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Install Ubuntu from a small USB stick

I'd like to install Ubuntu (Desktop or netbook edition, preferably latest version), onto a laptop using a small USB stick. (480 MB free space.) How can I do this?
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How to generate grub.conf from scratch in Fedora 14?

It seems that I hit following bug in Fedora 14 - I deselected installing grub into the MBR while using the graphical installer, because I want to use an existing grub instance. Now, I want to look up ...
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Find out if the OS is running in a virtual environment

Is there any way to find out if the OS I'm running (actually installing) is running in a VMWare machine. I need to disable ntp settings if the automated install is done on a virtual machine but keep ...
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31 Debian CDs — Why? and which do I need for a vanilla desktop install?

I've been using Linux (Ubuntu) for a couple of months now, and I want to try Debian to see how different it is. Well, I've already found a couple of differences.. The first one that Debian-Live ...
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What does 'mount point' mean in a Linux installer?

While installing Linux, it asks for a 'mount point' selection. I gave it /, but I don't know the exact meaning and aim of this. Also, now I want to create one more mount point, /home in my machine ...
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How to install Linux on a Lenovo ThinkPad T400

I want to completely format my computer and replace my current OS with Linux. How should I go about doing this? Particularly, how do I handle finding all the device drivers I'll need? I'm using a ...
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Is it good to make a separate partition for /boot?

I've seen some people make a separate partition for /boot. What is the benefit of doing this? What problems might I encounter in the future by doing this? Also, except for /home and /boot, which ...