Essential Kit of the Good Linux Installer

Aaahh, linuxe personal fulfillment is getting closer. Wonderful.

I wanted to share this with you:

  • Friend: - I turn on your pc, can I?
  • N @ ty: - Yes, there is no drama… you will see the splash of SUSE, but don't give it a damn, it starts Windows by default…
  • Friend: - You have Linux !!!
  • N @ ty: - Yes, I have openSUSE.
  • Friend: - How cool! Do I invite you to my house and install it for me?
  • N @ ty: - Yes: D
  • Friend: - What if I want to use Messenger?
  • N @ ty: - You use a similar one that works better ...
  • Friend: - And the Delphi?
  • N @ ty: - Eeehh… we will have to install some other things, but yes…
  • Friend: - Ah ...
  • N @ ty: - Don't worry, you are going to see the desktop cube and you are going to love it.
    That means when I get my GRUB to work (I still haven't had time to sit down and thoroughly research the solutions that were so kindly offered to me I need my pc to be functional at least until Thursday) and can make a live demonstration of the perfect working of a pc with openSUSE 11.0, probably my first time as Official Installer of Linux In Situ.

This led me to worry about several issues:

* I can't let my friend down with the installation. First of all, because she is my friend. Second, my lingering self-esteem would suffer greatly. Third, because it could make a pc unusable and, what is even worse, alienate a person interested in free software who, faced with a bad experience, will probably not want to install Linux again in the future.

* She is a classmate, with which many people would find out about my ineptitude for custom installation of operating systems

* I repeat: she is a classmate of the faculty and has multiple opportunities to hit me :)

Thinking about this and that I will not be in my domains, it occurred to me to create a list with the basics that we must take into account when carrying out the installation of Linux on a pc that already has a Windows operating system running (and that will not stop doing it).

The basic equipment that a Linux installer should always have on hand, in my opinion, is:

* LiveCD, DVD or corresponding distribution installation or test method. As I have commented many times, the distributions that we are going to install should be (at least) tested once, to see if we familiarize ourselves with the interface, the desktop, or at least form a basic idea of ​​the location of the minimum functionalities that allow us to solve a problem.

This first approach is, in my opinion, the responsibility of the user who wants to have Linux on his pc.

* Cheatsheet with basic console commands (fundamental!)

*  Backup the content of our important files in Windows. Safety for the user and designated installer.

*  Windows installation disc (you never know…)

*  Hiren's boot CD (Without this I do not leave home). What is this?

El Hiren's boot CD is a bootable CD (a similar operation to the liveCD's of the distros) that contains all the necessary utilities to boot the system after a serious failure. It contains a huge number of applications for system maintenance: system diagnostics and analysis, antivirus, partition management, data recovery tools, etc.

If a problem arises, it is possible to boot from the cd (even if the rest does not work). A menu is shown with many options that, despite seeming redundant, are on the CD because they have specific functionality that can get us out of trouble pretty quickly.

Needless to say, this CD contains software that is free and the same is proprietary, therefore its distribution and use is considered illegal. It will be at our discretion to use it (mine is stored in the most remote corner of my drivers, just in case I need it one day ...)

* A minimum amount of knowledge about the problems that could arise in the installation. Knowing does not take up space, and having read at least a little about what's the worst that could happen to us we should at least orient ourselves if an unpleasant situation arises.

This is where my list came, tell me if you think I'm forgetting something :).

Many greetings and until next time.

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  1.   Carlitos said

    I would add a couple of things, since the PC on which you want to install Linux already has a Windows installation, first the perfectdisk, which is a very powerful defragmenter that orders all the files at the beginning of the disk (after running it 3 times more or less) so when you partition the disk you do not have Windows data loss problems and also the gparted to later partition, greetings

  2.   I am said

    These things scare me ...

  3.   dieture said

    Good morning, first post that I put you.

    Tell you, that for these cases Wubi is very good, to have ubuntu without installing.

    And also, if it interferes with an idle usb pendrive, you could install it on the pendrive (which I did with an opensuse and fedora).

    Now I'm curious, what are you studying? I'm curious.

    As a quid procuo, I will say that I study technical engineering in computer systems.

  4.   dieture said

    PS Now that I see that the identification of the operating system does not fail, I am curious that all the people who comment on this page do so from Windows.

  5.   I am said

    aaa .... that naty awakens passions.
    Diedura, welcome to the blog. Although we have already discussed it on other occasions, the fact of using Win for many is for work reasons. It's not my case ... I use it because I want to,: D

  6.   master666 said

    Completely according to Carlitos, the first thing is to defragment the disk and pile the garbage (files) in a corner, after that comes the most feared step by most that begins in this of the installation of several operating systems "The Partitioning" . I would recommend to start doing the pratition from windows with the program you prefer and leave what you will use with linux as non-partitioned space, in this way the installation disk recognizes it and partitions at will without touching any windows, here there is no possibility of data loss or partitioning error.

    The other thing I would recommend would be to find out if you need an extra driver and download it before installing linux in case there is a connection problem or you do not have internet, so you are like a queen, if your distro does not bring something there you have it at hand.

  7.   Juan C said

    I had never done it before defragmenting the disk, but it can be good to minimize risks. Auqneu the truth, I think these are very few, currently a linux installation is easy and safe. It can be a bit troublesome if your personal files are on the same windows partition and you have to create partitions, resize, cut and paste, and resize again. That step is boring, but if it is done calmly, there is no problem.

    Greetings N @ TY, I recently read your personal blog and I found it funny, then I visit it again and I even comment on something;)

  8.   I am said

    there is no free option of the Perfect Disk?

  9.   I am said

    Juan C a total boss. That's the spirit, yes sir.

  10.   Nacho said

    The thing about esty is that it is a separate case: P
    Now seriously, the truth is that I am with Diedura, wubi is perfect for the Windows user who you know will be afraid as soon as he is squarely on a linux desktop.
    And if not ... a rescue knoppix, just in case, enter windows to defragment and create the partition (minimizes risks) and then install opensuse directly on that partition.
    I'm serious about it, but a colleague comes to install linux with all that you say, and I'm scared xD


  11.   N @ ty said

    I ate a couple of things, thanks for commenting guys: D

    Too bad Ranae, how did you solve?

  12.   LJMarín said

    "Tell me if you think I'm forgetting something"

    Yes, from Murphy's law ...

    As they have said above, a Live-USB or a wubi is a better idea for someone new to Linux.

  13.   f sources said

    Are they not scaring them with so much warning? With such caution, I hope the N @ ty partner does not know LXA! yet.

  14.   Juan C said

    For someone who is starting to use linux it is best not to scare him and complicate it with wubis or livecds or liveusb or whatever. The best thing is to give him a basic documentation about the advantages of linux vs windows, give him the names of the applications that replace the classic ones in windows and remind him that google is his friend… ready…. linux is still easy to use.

  15.   master666 said

    Esty, how about the UltraDefrag? it is open source.

  16.   Frog said

    Aja, well something similar has happened to me, only it was not with a friend who hit me if not with myself: S A few days ago I commented on this forum that I was testing Knoppix and I liked it, so I had the wonderful idea of download Wubi to install Ubuntu and save myself that partitions ... what happened? I could not enter Ubuntu, I could not enter Windows, and when I could enter I no longer had ethernet drivers, that is, without Ubuntu, without Windows, without itnernet to see how to solve it ... Buaaa = (k such sad moments

  17.   master666 said

    Well I say in my comment above, "... find out if you need an extra driver ...", so we do not get stuck with the lifeless pc.

    All those tools to install may be very practical, but there is nothing better than learning to partition and install by hand, to know what changes are made on our computer, let's say it is Linux.

    You have to take the time to learn, for that you can use a virtual machine and crush the partitions to the beast, nothing will happen to your windows, remember that Linux uses at least 2 partitions.

    esty, here's another one, Smart Defrag is freeware.

  18.   Rana said

    I formatted it about 3 times because it just didn't look right haha ​​and since I finally had it ready, the truth is, I was already a little scared to reinstall Ubuntu ... peeeeeeeeero ps my curiosity is too much to see why this OS is so great so right now I write from Ubuntu XD

  19.   bachi.tux said

    The best way IF SOMEONE WANTS TO MOVE TO LINUX is to make them lose the fear that some impose.

    And there's no better way for users who can do EVERYTHING on Linux to speak up and attest to it.

    The rest are just words!

    Well N @ ty, I started out scared by installing Linux to people. But after the twentieth installment, you know what you can find. The best thing is to run the LiveCD and verify that it takes the video, the sound, the chipset, etc ...

    Successes and in what can help!

  20.   niyiru said

    @ N @ ty Thanks for tremendous utility I already have it in my favorites !!!!. Thank you.

  21.   Javier said

    Well, 8 days have passed since you wrote this post, but my point of view can be helpful,
    1st I hate suse, I love your installer, your environment, but the installation of packages is something that makes me crazy
    2nd whenever I think of linux + newbie the answer is = ubuntu or fedora

    generally it is ubuntu what i suggest to install
    the reasons are simple, linux + difficulty + google = ubuntu

    the first 10 results of practically any search related to linux has ubuntu somewhere in the text

    and it can become unsettling if you have already left Ubuntu, but the advantage is that in one of those 10 results there is already an answer to the problem

    After the novice is a connoisseur, it is easy to realize that all linux have 80% similarity if you know how to search by branches

    debian, redhat, gentoo (the gentoo wiki in Spanish is full of useful information)

    Although the easiest thing is to install debian over the network, it looks very good

  22.   antonym said

    And what happened to delphi?