A practical exercise for starters: install Linux on your PC.
Read the installation manual for your distribution and/or the
Installation HOWTO and do it.
Will this distribution run on my hardware?
when in doubt about compatibility of your hardware.
What kind of keyboard do I have (number of keys, layout)? What
kind of mouse (serial/parallel, number of buttons)? How many MB of
Will I install a basic workstation or a server, or will I need
to select specific packages myself?
Will I install from my hard disk, from a CD-ROM, or using the
network? Should I adapt the BIOS for any of this? Does the
installation method require a boot disk?
Will Linux be the only system on this computer, or will it be a
dual boot installation? Should I make a large partition in order to
install virtual systems later on, or is this a virtual installation
Is this computer in a network? What is its hostname, IP address?
Are there any gateway servers or other important networked machines
my box should communicate with?
||Linux expects to be
Not using the network or configuring it incorrectly may result
in slow startup.
Is this computer a gateway/router/firewall? (If you have to
think about this question, it probably isn't.)
Partitioning: let the installation program do it for you this
time, we will discuss partitions in detail in
Chapter 3. There is system-specific
documentation available if you want to know everything about it. If
your Linux distribution does not offer default partitioning, that
probably means it is not suited for beginners.
Will this machine start up in text mode or in graphical
Think of a good password for the administrator of this machine
(root). Create a non-root user account (non-privileged access to
Do I need a rescue disk? (recommended)
Which languages do I want?
In the following chapters we will find out if the installation
has been successful.