Debian 4 (Etch) Installation screenshots This is the first part of the Debian Installation tutorial I am planning to write, in this part, is the installation itself based on screenshots, the next part will be the description about installing the servers, WEB, Email, MySQL, DNS...

This installation was made from the net-install CD of the Debian Etch


Step # 1
Download the CD image from here
Step # 2 Burn the ISO into a CD
Step # 3

Press ENTER

Select the language for the Installation
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Choose your country
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Choose your keyboard layout
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Put the name you want your server have, here you should take care, that if this is going to be your email server, it should have the name your email server will have.
i.e. If your email server will be: mail.yourdomain.com this server should have mail as its name.

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Select your domain, once again you should ask your system Administrator, or consider the name your email server will have

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Choose if you want to configure your partitions with the help of the wizard or want to do it, by yourself, usually the use of the wizard is ok.
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Select the partition you want to apply
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If you selected the guided partitioning here you have to choose if you want all files in one partition or if you prefer, separate /home only or to have separted /home, /var, /usr and /tmp To have /home separated could be good if you plan to reinstall later, this way you can mount the /home partition on the new installation, (be aware of the permissions). Here I choose to have all together, later I can backup all the server ;)

Select finish partition and write changes to the disk, if you agree with the info displayed, otherwise select go back, and change the configuration of the disk.



Your last change to go back and change the partition, after this step, the info that could still be in your disk will be completely erased


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Select your timezone
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Enter and re-enter the password for root, be sure you use a real good password, use letters, numbers, and also special characters


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Enter your name or the name for the first user you want to create, later you can create others, with the adduser command


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Enter the username for that first user
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Enter the password for that user, twice.
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If you are connected to the Internet (and better if you are if you are using the net-Install CD), choose to use a network mirror


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Select your country, or where you may find a nearest mirror to download the packages

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Select the mirror you want to use, you can always change this, by editing the file /etc/apt/sources.list


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Select the proxy you may need to connect to the Internet if any exists, you can later change this settings by editing the file /etc/apt/apt.conf


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Here, you choose if you want to participate in the package usage survey, this way the Debian developers will know which packages you use, and will improve Debian for the use of that ones. This is a complete personal desition, you can see the results of the survey at: Popularity Contest webpage.
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Select the packages you want to install, from the internet, (can take lot of time depending on your Internet speed)


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Grub installation, If Debian detected other OS (i.e. Windows) here will give you the option of make a dual boot system


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We are done!, you can select continue and the system will reboot, with Debian Etch installed


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Here is how your Debian may look, after the installation if you have selected to install the Desktop enviroment, the default one is Gnome, if you want to use KDE, or XFCE or any other, you better choose not to install Desktop Enviroment, and then install with apt-get command, and change the /etc/inittab file to boot in the graphical enviroment. End of part one, I will post part two in the next days, and will provide the link, here so keep comming.