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Debian GNU/Linux Installation Guide
 
Debian GNU/Linux Installation Guide
Copyright © 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 the Debian Installer teamThis document contains installation instructions for the Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 system (codename “lenny”), forthe Alpha (“alpha”) architecture. It also contains pointers to more information and information on how to makethe most of your new Debian system.
Note:
Although this installation guide for alpha is mostly up-to-date, we plan to make some changes andreorganize parts of the manual after the official release of lenny. A newer version of this manual may be foundon the Internet at the
debian-installer
home page (http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/). You mayalso be able to find additional translations there.
This manual is free software; you may redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License. Please refer to thelicense inAppendix F.
 
Table of Contents
Installing Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 For alpha...................................................................................ix1. Welcome to Debian.........................................................................................................................1
1.1. What is Debian?...................................................................................................................11.2. What is GNU/Linux?...........................................................................................................21.3. What is Debian GNU/Linux?...............................................................................................31.4. Getting Debian.....................................................................................................................31.5. Getting the Newest Version of This Document....................................................................41.6. Organization of This Document...........................................................................................41.7. About Copyrights and Software Licenses............................................................................4
2. System Requirements.....................................................................................................................6
2.1. Supported Hardware.............................................................................................................62.1.1. Supported Architectures..........................................................................................62.1.2. CPU, Main Boards, and Video Support...................................................................72.1.3. Multiple Processors...............................................................................................112.1.4. Graphics Card Support..........................................................................................112.1.5. Network Connectivity Hardware...........................................................................112.1.6. Braille Displays.....................................................................................................112.1.7. Peripherals and Other Hardware...........................................................................112.2. Devices Requiring Firmware.............................................................................................112.3. Purchasing Hardware Specifically for GNU/Linux...........................................................122.3.1. Avoid Proprietary or Closed Hardware.................................................................122.4. Installation Media..............................................................................................................122.4.1. CD-ROM/DVD-ROM...........................................................................................122.4.2. Hard Disk...............................................................................................................132.4.3. Network.................................................................................................................132.4.4. Un*x or GNU system............................................................................................132.4.5. Supported Storage Systems...................................................................................132.5. Memory and Disk Space Requirements.............................................................................13
3. Before Installing Debian GNU/Linux.........................................................................................15
3.1. Overview of the Installation Process..................................................................................153.2. Back Up Your Existing Data!.............................................................................................163.3. Information You Will Need................................................................................................163.3.1. Documentation......................................................................................................163.3.1.1. Installation Manual...................................................................................163.3.1.2. Hardware documentation..........................................................................163.3.2. Finding Sources of Hardware Information............................................................173.3.3. Hardware Compatibility........................................................................................183.3.4. Network Settings...................................................................................................183.4. Meeting Minimum Hardware Requirements.....................................................................193.5. Pre-Partitioning for Multi-Boot Systems...........................................................................193.5.1. Partitioning in Tru64 UNIX...................................................................................213.5.2. Partitioning in Windows NT..................................................................................213.6. Pre-Installation Hardware and Operating System Setup....................................................21
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