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Running Linux, Fourth Edition by Lar Kaufman, Terry Dawson, Matthias Kalle Dalheimer, Matt Welsh

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Installing Linux

Okay, you have collected your hardware manuals and selected the Linux distribution to install (one that meets your requirements based on the hardware you have). This section guides you through a high-level view of what you need to do in order to successfully install Linux.

General Procedure

A typical Linux CD-ROM installation generally proceeds as follows:

  1. Collect system hardware information to select the correct installation files and procedures. Look at your system hardware manuals or system administration manuals. Get bug reports and review the patches to the current software distribution that you will use to install your package. Collect current software installation documentation if you believe the information provided by the vendor is obsolete or incomplete.

  2. Consider the size of your hard-disk drives and decide how they are (or will be) partitioned for Linux. Chapter 3 offers basic considerations for allocating disk space and partitioning, although you must adjust the numbers for Alpha. The installation utilities that you choose will support one or another disk-partitioning method, but cannot be used for all partitioning requirements.

  3. Determine how you want Linux to boot when the installation is complete. This may affect your choice of installation method.

  4. Choose your Linux installation method based on your hardware and its firmware, your disk-partitioning requirements, and Linux’s booting behavior. For almost all installations, we think that SRM is the ...

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