NEW, I typed a basic summary regarding the use of the mini.iso here to compliment another upcoming thread.
This is quite a preliminary look at the non-pae mini.iso so cut me a lot of slack. I need as much help as possible. Please point out any errors and I'll try my best to sort things out. Since each full installation is quite time consuming I invite anyone interested to join in.
So, what is this and why is it needed?
Be sure and check the links and also look at this bug report:
I'm referring to the mini.iso image listed here:
When I initially tried the 20120208 non-pae mini.iso I encountered a problem with networking but that ended up being a BIOS problem that I've since resolved.
Next the 20120208 non-pae mini.iso failed to find kernel modules, but that was resolved with the 20120209 image.
So I moved ahead to begin testing the whole thing. If you're familiar with the Debian installer this will all seem quite straight forward to you. Additionally I found a good guide with screenshots here:
This is now a bad link:
If you're not familiar with the Debian installer I'll try to answer your questions, but the basics are:
* You really need a fast wired ethernet connection. My ethernet speed is 5000kbps+ and the average total installation time is 1 hour and 45 minutes.
* After selecting the installation language you'll be offered 4 choices:
Under advanced options you're offered:
Command-line expert install
For our purposes I'm focusing only on Install ATM so just select Install!
* You'll be asked to select your language & country/territory
* You'll be asked if you want the installer to detect your keyboard layout or proceed with the default (I always just select No when asked and the US keyboard defaults seem fine for me).
* Specify the hostname for your system - this may confuse new users, but I typically use my first name accompanied by some computer ID or location, eg; john-AMD-desktop, or john-INTEL-laptop (this probably needs more specific instruction). This will be how your computer is recognized on your network.
* Choose the proper archive mirror
* HTTP proxy - I'm totally clueless here as I've never dealt with such
* Naturally you'll be asked for your full name, a user name, and a password just as with any installer.
* Encrypt home directory? I've never done so, but this may be helpful to others:
* Time zone - should be self explanatory
* Partitioning - this gets rather complex so I'll not get into detail here, any help locating a simple but complete guide would be appreciated. One nice thing here is that the "Use largest continuous free space" option still exists.
* After quite some time you'll be asked about how to handle updates - Select 'No Automatic Updates' (trust me)
* Next you will be offered a lot of installation options, including a lot of different server options. My sole focus is on desktop installations, I've never set up a server anyway, so I'm clueless in regards to that.
It's a long list, you must use the keyboard arrow keys to scroll down the entire list. Those of interest to me ATM:
Lubuntu minimal install
Ubuntu LXDE desktop (this is actually Lubuntu desktop)
But both Xubuntu desktop and Kubuntu desktop are available if someone else wishes to test them. There is a complete list of options here:
* When the installation is nearly done you'll be asked if you want to install grub to the mbr, typically you'll want to select yes.
I'm going to try and keep bug report info updated in this post:
Great fun ahead