4:    Installation

4.1 Introduction

The motto of MEPIS Linux 7.0 is “Easy to try, easy to install, easy to use.” And indeed, you will most likely discover that MEPIS Linux is the easiest and friendliest operating system installation you have ever used.

4.2 Detailed steps

At this point, you should have done the following:

Now all you will need to do is run through the simple installation wizard and then restart your machine. Depending on your configuration, this will probably take less than 15 minutes, and could even be as little as 5 minutes!

These instructions should cover most installation scenarios; for more details or for unusual circumstances, see the links below.

Before you begin

In most cases the MEPIS Linux 7.0 installation process should go fine. But sometimes things can go wrong (because of user error, for instance) and potentially wipe out the contents of your hard drive. If you are not prepared for that possibility, stop now and protect your data.

Launch the Installer

Boot to the LiveCD, logging in as demo, and click on the MEPIS Install icon once you are looking at the desktop. When prompted for a password, enter root.

License and Terms

Read through the license and terms of use. Check I agree to Terms and click Next.

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Select the disk on which you wish to install MEPIS Linux 7.0. Refer to Section 3.5 if you are not sure what the hard drive names mean. What you do next is determined by how you wish to set up your computer:

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If you chose Auto-install using entire disk on the last page, you will not see this page. Skip to the next step.

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MEPIS Linux 7.0 will now begin the install. You will be prompted to confirm the formatting of each partition. Answer “YES” to each, then sit back and relax while MEPIS Linux is copied to your hard drive.

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You now need to install GRUB, the bootloader (see Section 5.5). In most cases, you should go with the default setting (MBR). If you are concerned about writing to your hard drive's MBR, and wish to install to the MEPIS Linux root partition instead, select root (note that you will need to manually edit the existing boot loader to boot to MEPIS Linux, either directly or by chainloading).

If you are installing to MBR and have more than one hard drive, make sure you have the correct drive selected for “system boot disk.” Usually this will be the first drive on the system (sda).

NOTE: The initrd option is only necessary for certain hardware configurations, usually only if your hard drive is unusual (such as a SCSI drive). An initrd is an initial RAM drive, a virtual hard drive created in the system's memory that allows the kernel to load special driver modules required to read the boot device (hard drive). Use it only if you have had trouble booting from the default settings and know what you are doing.

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On this page you can enable or disable a few common services:

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Here is where you specify your computer's name and DNS domain. On most home networks the DNS domain does not matter; however, if you are on a large corporate network, or your network has its own internal DNS server, you can set your domain name here.

You can also enable or disable the Samba server and configure the Samba workgroup (see Section 5.7.3). If you have other computers running Windows on your network and wish to share files or printers to them, enable this setting.

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If you are in the United States, the default locale settings should be fine for you. If you are outside the USA, select the keyboard and locale settings appropriate to your language and country.

You can also indicate here whether your hardware clock is set to GMT (a.k.a. UTC). If you are dual-booting with Microsoft Windows, you will want to leave this unselected. If you are installing on Apple hardware or if this computer will only run Linux, check this box.

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On this page you will set up a username and password for the default user, and a password for the root (administrative) user.

Usernames:

Passwords:

Finished!

This concludes the setup. Click Finish, and you will be prompted as to whether or not you want to reboot. Click YES. The LiveCD will shut down and the disc will be ejected. You can now boot into MEPIS Linux!