Installation Prerequisites

Before diving into the actual Linux installation, first go through the check list below to make sure you do not lose any data and that you're ready to install. Have you:

  • Backed up you data
  • Burned a Linux installation CD
  • Inserted Linux installation CD into your CD/DVD drive
  • Configured your BIOS to boot from CD-ROM
  • Connected your computer to the Internet using wired connection(a wireless connection is not recommended at this point )
  • In case that you are using your laptop make sure that it is plugged-in to the power outlet

Linux Installation Procedure

The slide-show below will guide you through the entire process of the Debian Linux installation on your computer. The installation takes about 33 steps to complete, however, most steps are self-explanatory and do not require any interaction.


Linux Installation FAQ

Q: How long will it take to install Linux?
A: This depends on your hardware speed performance and Internet connection speed. It can take anywhere between 20 minutes to 3 hours.


Q: Will I be able to access my old data once the installation is done?
A: No, this installation will erase all your existing data. Please make sure to backup all your data to an external device such as USB drive before you proceed with an installation.


Q: Do I need Internet connection to perform a Linux installation?
A: No, it is not necessary to have your computer connected to the interned during the installation. However, it is highly recommended to do so in order to get all necessary installation software and latest software updates.


Q: Can I use wireless connection during installation?
A: It is possible, but if you are beginner it is recommended to use wired connection instead. The reason for this is that not all drivers for WiFi cards are included on the installation medium.

Hardware Requirements

  • Minimum 512 MB of RAM for Graphical Desktop Environment
  • 1024 MB  of RAM is recommended
  • 8GB of disk size
  • Wired or Wireless network card
  • CD/DVD drive ( USB optional )
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