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What should I do before dual-booting Windows 7 and Debian on EFI?

I'm about to purchase an Asus motherboard with EFI firmware and wanted to prepare myself for installing Windows and Debian once the hardware arrives. I was hoping that someone who has gone down this ...
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Find filesystem of an unmounted partition from a script

I'm writing a custom automated install using AIF (Arch Installation Framework), and I need to find the filesystem on a partition given a partition. So far I have this: grok_partitions () { local ...
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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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CentOS 6 “Default” Installation Options

Can someone tell me the difference between a Desktop Install, a Basic Server install, and a Minimal Install? During installation, it doesn't give a description and I can't find documentation on 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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What should I be aware of when installing Linux on a Mac?

I have a Macbook Pro and I am loving it, though I still miss my Linux box, there are many things I need which are not completely compatible with Mac OS X. I heard many stories about installing Linux ...
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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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mounting problem during installation of archlinux on dell xps one

I've been trying to install archlinux on xps one. the screen doesn't work because it has intel g45/g43 express chipset. I had to use nomodeset option as mentioned in the installation guide. Arch ...
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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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Is `UDIF read/write image` bootable on non-Apple hardware?

Some guides on the internet suggest that it is possible to convert ISO disc image files (.iso) into an non-.iso image format (.img or .dmg) with hdiutil on OS X. However, the manual page for hdiutil ...
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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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Can't get past EFI to install RHEL on HP Itanium Server

When I am trying to install RHEL (6.3, 5.8, 4.8) on an HP Integrity Server rx2660 Itanium with 4GB RAM, I keep getting to the same point which is Loading file efi\boot\initrd.img...done After that ...
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back-up: which patitions to back-up before upgrading/reinstalling

I have Ubuntu13.04 on my laptop. I have to upgrade it to the next release or else I would install a fresh release after deleting my current system. I have already installed and configured my current ...
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What are the different CD's & DVD's for?

I'm planning to install Debian on my home server. It will be running some services like Teamspeak 3, gaming servers, Samba, etc... No business services like DHCP, DNS, ... needed. So as this is my ...
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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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Why is Perl installed by default with most Linux distributions?

Just curious. The title says it all: Why is Perl installed by default with most Linux distributions?
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How to install windows 7 after fedora 16 [closed]

I have Fedora 16, but I want to play games, and I´m considering installing Windows 7. I need to be able to dual boot these two OS. Is there something special I´m supposed to do, or it will work like ...
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Install Ubuntu for Android

Canonical has an item on their site called Ubuntu for Android. This is a special distribution of Ubuntu which integrates with the Android system. Their website mentions that it is specifically ...
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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 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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USB set to /dev/sda instead of /dev/sdb

I've been trying to use a kickstart file to guide the Red Hat installer (RHEL6.5) without user intervention. It correctly looks for the kickstart file in /dev/sdb/fs.cfg, but because the USB is ...
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Windows 7 to Linux: install without CD/DVD or USB drive

Update Sorry, Question has multiple parts see below for details: I have been using Windows for many years and only used Linux from the command line, but want to shift after realizing Windows is ...
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How to install GNU/Linux on a Windows PC without the BIOS password?

I want to install a GNU/Linux based operating system on a computer with Windows preinstalled, but unfortunately, the BIOS is set to only boot from the harddisk, and there is no way to boot from ...
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Windows 7 to Debian Linux: install without CD/DVD or USB drive or net during install

Installed : windows 7 home premium. Now want debian linux. Tried a couple of things (see question below). Got installer menu using win32-loader.exe of debian from the goodbye-ms site. But I have a ...
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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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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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Minimal install of Ubuntu

I'm fairly new to linux but I want to install it on my chromebook with crouton. Is there a way to install something like lubuntu or xubuntu without any of the software normally bundled? For example, I ...
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Bring Debian to second Position in the GRUB Menu at startup

So, I currently have BOSS Linux and I am going to install Debian (currently installing right now) And I want my older OS (BOSS linux), on the first position and the debian, (freshly installed) to be ...
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How to properly use Gentoo Linux as a supplement to an existing distribution?

While I originally wanted to entirely replace the Linux distribution my NAS uses, I meanwhile came to the conclusion that it would be better to leave the existing system as unmodified as possible and ...
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Partition scheme for installation of Debian

I'm installing Debian Wheezy on a 50 GB partition of a 500 GB Seagate SATA hard disk with 2 GB RAM. I want to use following partition scheme, but stuck at: How much (in percent) of disk space should ...
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Got a black screen while booting archlinux installation program

While booting the installation program (via USB), the screen goes black, it looks just like the screen has been switched off. The laptop is a Lenovo Ideapad z475 and, as per the "Beginners' Guide", ...
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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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Grub error: no such partition after fresh install

I just installed Scientific Linux 6.5 from DVD. The installation went smoothly and finished. But after booting it complains: error: no such partition Grub rescue> Prior to this computer, I ...
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How to restore my system after reinstalling Ubuntu?

I'm presently having Ubuntu 13.04. I am wishing to change it to the next version by installing the next version i.e. Ubuntu 13.10 using bootable DVD. For that I will 1st download .iso image from ...
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How to install manually from live CD? [closed]

I got a live CD and I tried to install it manually because it doesn't support installing. So I booted from live cd and did: mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda5 mount /dev/sda5 /mnt cd /mnt unsqaushfs ...
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RHEL Installation issue with UEFI on HP Compaq Desktop

I have bought a new Desktop HP Compaq Elite 8300 SFF. It came with Windows 7 Pro installed. Now I want to install Linux (RHEL) by dual booting it. I have successfully shrinked the partition and ...
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Installation Error: Kernel Panic - not syncing

I have a machine with the following spec: CPU: Intel i7-2600S 2nd Gen Core 2.8GHz Low Voltage CPU 65W TDP RAM: 8GB DDR3 - 2 of these so I got 16GB of RAM. I want to install a Linux distribution and ...
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NVidia drivers on Macbook Pro (2008) Linux Mint?

Ok. I am literally installing it from scratch and tracking my process here and now. I've been fighting this for so long. Macbook Pro, 2008 I believe. ~200GB HD. I'm not dual booting. Mint and only ...
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How to use one distro's live CD to install another distro?

I'm trying to install Mint Linux to a USB stick, but the Mint live CD doesn't fit on a normal CD and I don't have any DVDs available. The Ubuntu live CD does fit on a CD, so I want to use the Ubuntu ...