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How to install Linux distro to a second hdd from within a running Linux Desktop Environment?

The title says it all! More specifically, I am running Fedora18 on my main HDD. I have a second HDD in the "UltraBay" slot of my ThinkPad W520--eSata connection. Is there a possibility to avoid ...
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How to install FreeBSD on Thinkpad?

I am trying to install FreeBSD but I am having a problem. My computer is a Thinkpad T400. I followed the instructions to install so I have downloaded the file FreeBSD-8.3-RELEASE-amd64-dvd1.iso and ...
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Installing Elementary OS on a MacBook Pro 13" Early 2011 (8,1)

I'm trying to install elementaryOS (which is based on Ubuntu 10.10) on my MacBook Pro 13" Early 2011 (model No 8,1). I have resized a partition on my hard drive, and I've installed refit. Two things ...
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Is there a way to run an ssh server on an Android device?

I'm looking to install Debian over my Android installation so as to be able to use openssh-server, as it's so much better than Dropbear. Is there an easy way to do this, or just to simply install ...
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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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Why GRUB boots Debian 32-bits instead Ubuntu 64-bits in my multiboot configuration?

I installed Ubuntu GNOME Remix 64-bis on my system. I set the installer to reuse my /boot and /home. Since ubiquity (the Ubuntu installer) was giving me hard time installing GRUB I selected to ...
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Unable to launch Fedora 18 LiveCD using USB device

I just bought a new motherboard which has BIOS and UEFI. I have a previously working LiveCD installed on my usb, created with LiveUSB Creator. I tried using it to boot but got stuck at the grub ...
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Problem Installing UBUNTU 14.04 (AND Mint 16, which is based on UBUNTU 13.10) as dual boot on RAID 0 with Windows 8.1

Ok, I know that there is Dual-Boot Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7 on FakeRAID Installation error - question marks "????..." and that that post has some answers for me, but I don't know if it ...
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Remove /var partition and replace it with /var into / (root) partition

I accidentaly created a /var partition and I'd like to get rid of it. Is it possible to remove this partition and use the / partition to contain /var without reinstalling the OS or do I have to ...
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Figuring out what OS is on which partition?

So I have both Ubuntu and Crunchbang installed on my laptop, and I'm trying to figure out which one is on which partition. I'm going to install another OS (probably BT) and need to know what ...
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How to safely replace one Linux distribution with another one via SSH?

I'm intending to replace a NAS's Custom Linux with Arch Linux (details at the bottom), of course wishing to preserve all user data and (due to the SSH-only headless access) attempting to be fool-proof ...
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How to remove LiveCD after installing OS on VirtualBox?

After going through the process of installation of a Unix OS (in this case Mageia) on VirtualBox 4.08, the next step is to remove the LiveCD. Since the LiveCD is virtual, how should one proceed to ...
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Strange error message during CentOS 6.5 installation regarding disk containing BIOS RAID metadata?

While attempting to use an old 40GB HDD to setup a kind of junky though usable Athon 1GHz system I ran into the following error during the HDD identification/partitioning phase of the installation: ...
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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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If /usr partition not specified, does it go on same partition as root by default?

I plan to install Fedora Linux on a machine with an SSD and an HDD. /boot, and the root will have their own partitions on the SSD. If I want /usr to be on same partition as /, will that occur by ...
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Can I install a distro to one partition while using a distro installed on another?

I currently have two partitions with Linux distros installed on them. I am currently using one with Mint 14, and you could call the other deprecated. I just found out about the release of Mint 15, ...
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Arch Linux - installation with old iso image

Are there any issues when installing Arch Linux with an old ISO image? Generally all packages are downloaded from mirrors during installation, but I want to be sure.
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Debian Wheezy installation with preseed

I have a USB stick with netinst version of Debian Wheezy (testing). I am trying to load a preseed file, named "preseed.cfg" in the USB root folder (same folder as initrd.gz). I use GRUB and my entry ...
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Installing basic OS on a server without console

I'm having a server with some obsolete linux installed. I want to wipe everything out, have a basic Ubuntu installed, and get the IP of the server, and a default username and password. From there ...
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make a linux “from scratch” using package manager?

Is there an easy way yet to make a linux system "from scratch" using a package manager like pacman, dpkg, etc.? For example, something with which you can just say you want a working computer system ...
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Re-installing Ubuntu over a dual boot laptop

I am trying to get ubuntu back to work on my dual boot laptop (Win8 + Ubuntu 12.10). It happens that Ubuntu 12.10 is not loading, and even after checking and repairing errors from LiveCD. Further, ...
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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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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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How to fix boot into initramfs prompt and “mount: can't read '/etc/fstab': No such file or directory” and “No init found”?

Installing a new system using a GPT partitioned disk dedicated to a single partition, ext4 formatted, extlinux (version 4.05) as bootloader, Ubuntu Core version 13.10 amd64 as rootfs, and Ubuntu ...
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Is it better to partition one drive or use separate drives?

I am a system admin with limited Linux experience, and have been tasked with setting up Cent OS 5.8 64bit install, and creating a template once complete. My main client base will be developers, and I ...
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Installing FreeBSD without removable media from CentOS 6

I've been tasked with installing FreeBSD 8 alongside CentOS 6, without the luxury of removable media. CentOS 6 is already on the machine, and running quite nicely. However, I cannot figure out how to ...
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Running the wizard again after a new system installation

I'm interested in installing Linux Mint on old laptops and giving them away. During initial installation, I'm going to add VNC (or other tools to allow remote support), but interested in leaving the ...
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Debian preseed.cfg/automatic install setup not detecting hard disks

I'm trying to build a Debian automatic install set up using a preseed.cfg file loaded into a client by PXE. The host and client are both Virtual Box VM's. Everything goes smoothly on the client ...
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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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System freezes upon executing any boot option in a live USB installation of Mint

Problem I'm trying to install Linux Mint 16, 64-bit, MATE using a live USB. The boot option menu itself is responsive and work as expected. However, when I execute any of said boot options, the ...
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Install Fedora20 on external HD

I've been trying to install Fedora20 on my external HD, but have run into problems. Somehow I cannot choose the hard disk to install Fedora. Here is what I've done: First, I went and downloaded the ...
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How to install Windows 8 after arch?

Okay so after a painful 3 days of fixing / changing / reformatting I have finally got Arch Linux install. Now comes the problem. I had to remove Windows when installing Arch but I still need Windows. ...
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How to override anaconda/kickstart package ordering?

I am building a bootable ISO to be used to install a Linux image (Oracle Linux, 5.8). This is using anaconda with a kickstart file to select the packages to be loaded. Some of these packages are ...
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How to report back system installation progress

I'd like to do some reporting from the system setup progress for virtualised (libvirt/kvm) Ubuntu servers. I expected some kind of such system to already exist out there, but couldn't find anything. ...
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Trying to install Linux Mint 13 via Wubi, throws me into grub prompt

I'm trying to install Linux Mint 13 with Cinnamon via the 64 bit DVD image from within Windows. I've tried both installing it to C: which is my Windows system disk, but also to D: which is another ...
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How do I find out if my computer has PAE using Linux? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do the flags in /proc/cpuinfo mean? I tried installing CentOS 6.3 on my computer only to see a complaint that my computer doesn't have PAE. I am not sure if my ...
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Choose other timezone when install Debian?

Why can't I select English and choose timezone outside US?
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Shrink Windows partition to install Fedora 20

I want to install Fedora 20 along already installed Windows 8.1 on my notebook. I found a good how-to on Techotopia, however, the installer for Fedora 20 looks completely different, is simpler (cough ...
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CentOS 6.5 installation hangs on first screen

I'm trying to install CentOS 6.5 in Virtual Box. The problem is, the installation hangs on the first screen after waiting about 10 seconds. How can I pass this screen? The steps I installed: 1) ...
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Removing Debian Installation Prompt

I attempted to install Debian through a CD, with the initial .exe working fine. However, when I rebooted and went through the installation procedure, my system could not tell that there was a disk ...
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Best Disk Partitioning Scheme for a Linux-based Developer Machine

Is there some kind of "best disk partitioning scheme" for a Linux-based web and application developer machine, in terms of performance, organization or others?
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Installing Freebsd as guest OS on kvm without using VNC

I want to run Freebsd as a guest OS on kVM running on Ubuntu server 10.04. All howtos mention VNC as a necessity to start and finish the installation process. Can I install freebsd on kVM without ...
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How to create a customized distribution based on Debian?

I need to create a network with a small group of users. I thought about using Debian distro within computers. To automate it, I searched for automatic installation and customization tools for Linux ...
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Is there a way to find out when an OS instance was installed on a host?

I am currently using RHEL 5.8 and SunOS 5.10 at work and Fedora 16 at home. Is there any way to find out the date when any or all of those OS instances were installed on a host? The reason I want it ...
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Do I need to format a CF before installing Linux?

I recently purchased an 8GB Patriot CF card, like this one . I also have a Syba CF/Sata adapter. I put these together into my mini-itx computer (connected via Sata cables, not USB) and booted an ...
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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 install freebsd in minimum size?

I want to install a FreeBSD just to use squid cache server on it. i want to know how can i make this installation to its minimum size? i installed the boot-only ISO file on virtual box, but it took ...
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setting up script in a linux machine for scientific computation [closed]

I'd like to setup machine for test some computation in my old laptop, before replicate the tests on the server. The computation will be image-processing and machine learning, run some program, load ...
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What directories can be shared between distros?

After getting some information about partition scheme, I came to know that using discrete partitions will be more useful. If I'd to install another OS, and see having /home directory in seperate ...
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How to install Debian with encrypted / and passphrase required before login-screen?

I'm trying to install Debian in my Dell inspiron 8GB ram + 500GB HD. Althought I could install it without any problems with the regular install and even with a few modifications, I'm trying to ...