Questions tagged [system-installation]

Use this tag for questions related to the initial installation of Unix-like operating systems. When installing extra software on a running system, use the "software-installation" tag.

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How can I find a Ubuntu package to use with Amazon EC2?

I'm looking to set up a new server on Amazon's EC2 and I wanted to use Ubuntu 11.04 is it is fairly new but not too new. I previously used 10.10 which I think is also very stable and time-tested. My ...
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What kind of installation should I choose from CentOS to have it as dom0 xen host?

I want to have CentOS 6.0 x86_64 as a dom0 xen host. During the installation of CentOS there are many options for installation: "minimal" "Basic Server"... "Virtual Host".. The question is: which one ...
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What is the “Bootable flag” option when installing a distro?

Is the "bootable flag" needed in today's distributions? If not, then why is it still in the installers? What is it exactly?
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Debian - Stripped down Automated Install Disc

I want to create a debian install disc that only installs the minimum software to get a web browser such as ice weasel to run in an x-windows environment. Question: How can I make an stripped down ...
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Install Puppy Linux or “Damn Small Linux” on Pogoplug (~NSLU2) possible

I am thinking about buying Pogoplug (50 $) which is in fact a NAS server similar to the famous nslu2. Like the nslu2, this device can be hacked to have a full fresh Linux server running. There are ...
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What is the effect of deleting utility manufacturer partitions?

I am about to erase everything off of my hard drive and install Linux Mint I'm doing this on a Dell laptop, there is a Dell utility partition that I have never used... I have seen these on other ...
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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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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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What is the proper way of sharing the /usr subdirectory?

What parts of the /usr subdirectory are usually shared in common practice without introducing any system instabilities? My intent is to share share-able parts of the /usr subdirectory among VM's of ...
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How to create a multiboot USB for installs

I'm trying to boot various OS/Configurations of OS Install from a single USB. I've been using Multisystem, but it fails when I try to boot an install created with RemasterSys + Ubuntu 11.04. It gives ...
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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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Migrating from Ubuntu to Debian

I'm a long term Ubuntu user who is considering migrating from Ubuntu to Debian (mainly because of Unity and the fact that my school has a Debian mirror). I haven't installed Debian on a system before. ...
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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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Grubby fatal error in Linux kernel installation

I have compiled Linux kernel 2.6.24.6 from source (without problem) and tried to install it. Specifically, after unpacking the Linux source code, I did make && make modules to compile. Then ...
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Where can I find a download of Darwin from Apple?

Where can I find a ISO download of Darwin? I downloaded Darwin at one time (even after they stopped releasing the ISOs) off of Apple's website. Unfortunately, I have no idea where the link went. I had ...
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Cannot forward when going through Welcome screen in fedora 15

I just installed Fedora 15 on my laptop, but I have problem to make it working. My current situation is that when the installation is done, it reboots and gives me the Welcome screen. I setup ...
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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 I'...
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Which Debian Architecture Should I Use? AMD Sempron 2500

I have an old computer with an AMD Sempron 2500 1.7GHz Processor and 512MB ram. I am trying to build a simple NAS for my home office. I downloaded the Debian Small CD file amd64 and i386, burnt them ...
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Cannot get startX / Xorg to work on freeBSD 8.1

I am following this link for Xorg configuration on FreeBSD 8.1 After this step: Xorg -config xorg.conf.new -retro I can see the screen and mouse is also working but I cannot exit out of it any way....
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Installing FreeBSD from USB-Stick boots but later can't find the USB-Stick

When trying to install FreeBSD 8.2 from USB memory stick the kernel boots from the USB-Stick and the installer menus work and let me partition and everything. However when it comes to actually ...
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Fresh Install of Ubuntu Grub rescue

I have a fresh install of Ubuntu 11.04 from DVD on a wiped hard drive. After it finished installing it asked me to remove the media and hit enter. Which I got the message: error: no such device: ...
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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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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", I'...
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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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Is there a way to install Arch Linux without any installation media?

I want to install Arch Linux on my laptop machine. I have created a 20GB partition (/dev/sda5) to be used as Arch Linux root partition. I tried installing using a USB thumbdrive (I don't have a CD ...
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What are your best practices and future plans for deploying unixoid desktops? [closed]

I have been setting up Linux desktops for a non-profit radio observatory. For me, this was the first time I had to think about "deploying" several identical machines, centralizing login, home ...
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Linux Mint installer does not see fakeraid drive

I have a computer with a fakeraid 0 array (the computer came with it, and I don't want to remove my other OS to get rid of it), and I am trying to install Linux Mint. When I first boot up from the ...
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What OS should I install on old Sun Blade 1000 / Sun Blade 2000 workstations, and how should I do it?

I was given some nice old Sun UNIX workstations, Sun Blade 1000 and Sun Blade 2000. These are UltraSparc machines running Solaris 8 (which, with regard to all questions below, is useless because the ...
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Trying to install Vsphere ESX 4.0 on x86

I am trying to install Vsphere ESX 4.0 on my x86 machine. It is asking for Custom Drivers to install ESX. When installed on VMware workstation it takes the current installed Ethernet interface ...
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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?

We are assembling some lightweight machines with the express purpose of displaying a single web page over a large screen. I need the machine to essentially boot up as lightweight and as quickly as ...
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What programs can I *not* install when I have a standard account?

I'm an undergrad in the astrophysics department and I have access to the Red Hat Linux computers, but only from an undergrad account I tried installing matplotlib once, but it was a massive pain (and ...
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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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HP Laptop refused to boot Arch or Fedora CDs but boots Debian based fine

My Laptop a HP Probook 4510s refuses to boot Fedora or Arch Linux CD'S, but will boot and install Debian based stuff, i.e. Debian or Ubuntu. If I put a Fedora or Arch CD in, it will just stick on ...
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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 don't 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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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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Installing opensuse via USB

Can anyone explain BRIEFLY how to install OpenSUSE via USB? I searched in lot of forums, but I couldn't find anything helpful. Moreover, there was something written about installing it with the ...