How to Install your Linux Operating System Rich Seymour for CSWUG 2007 Get the DVD. First take the DVD and place it in the DVD drive. Now boot up. Turn on the computer and let’s get started. Did that work? Now to boot from the DVD This would normally be easy, but the computer wants to boot from the hard drive first, so we have to go into the BIOS (Basic Input Output System) settings and change the boot order. Reboot and Setup Now hit the reset button on the front of your computer (the small one) Then quickly hit the delete key after the keyboard LEDs flash. BIOS CMOS utility..? Ok, so now, just cursor key down to Advanced BIOS Features and hit enter. Now go to Second Boot Device, hit enter and change it to CDROM Then go to Third Boot Device & change it to Hard Disk Hit Esc once, then “Save & Exit Setup” saying yes to save. First screen This gives us the option to select different ways of installing our OS, or rescuing a broken installation. Just hit enter and off we go. Welcome screen? If you get this far we’re off to a great start. Language Selection English, please, I’m monolingual. Keyboard Configuration English… (next!) Installation Type: Custom We’re going to customize our system. Disk Partitioning Automatically partition. Partitioning continued… The defaults work here, the HD is empty Are you sure? Now, please be sure, and hit Yes Disk Setup Let me try to explain this jargon… Boot Loader Config Remember how we couldn’t boot? Network Configuration We have to set this manually based on seating Firewall, usually, but not here We want the network here wide open Warning! Like I said before, Proceed Additional Languages Adding more will make this take a bit longer Time Zone Whether or not you’re on PST yet… America/Los_Angeles Set the Root Password Do this all lowercase: cswug07 Now for some Customization Select the following packages More… … no Games … … … Compilers! … Development tools are the most important thing here! … … This is just about it! You can’t undo this, make sure you selected the right packages Time to stretch. Now we can reboot Keep your fingers crossed Welcome! Alright, we’ve got it! The GPL The General Public License, seriously free. Set the Date and Time Set up the Display Click Configure, Generic LCD > 1280x1024 Set the resolution 1280x1024 to max out the display Give yourself a user cacs## No speakers Next! Additional CDs No, Next That’s it. The most important thing! To open a terminal Click on the lower left ‘start menu’ and go to Applications > System Tools > Terminal Can also add to the Panel menu for ease of use. Thanks! If that was your first time installing Linux, you did great!