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The Joy of Installation

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#1 OFFLINE   raymac46


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Posted 26 January 2018 - 07:22 PM

I did a couple of installs the other day - Ubuntu 17.10 and Debian Stretch (net install.) I was struck by how things have changed since I started installing Linux 10+ years ago.

  • Download an ISO (CD) over a slow and sometimes glitchy Internet connection.
  • Burn ISO to a CD at the slowest speed you can. You don't want a coaster.
  • Boot Live CD from your optical drive.
  • Install the system from the CD onto a slow PATA hard drive.
  • Reboot into your new O/S
  • Update over the slow and glitchy Internet connection.
  • Total time - a couple of hours if all goes well.
  • Download ISO over a fast and stable internet connection.
  • Transfer ISO to a flashdrive.
  • Boot Live CD from flashdrive, or set up a net install from a small ISO image.
  • Install the system onto a fast SATA or NVME SSD.
  • Reboot.
  • Update over fast and stable Internet connection.
  • Total time - about 30 minutes.
Sure a lot of the improvement has come from better hardware but it sure is a lot easier and faster.
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#2 OFFLINE   jolphil


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Posted 27 January 2018 - 09:07 AM

You are on point raymac46. Your post reminded me several years ago of doing a net install for SuSe. I thought at the time that it was the zenith of installs.Recently I did a Mageia flash drive net install. Wow!! So quick and painless.Yes times have changed.. :clap:

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Posted 27 January 2018 - 10:00 AM

But, but, but....using Linux is difficult!  :>

#4 OFFLINE   raymac46


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Posted 27 January 2018 - 11:56 AM

I would imagine installing Linux in a dual boot is still tricky for a new user, but if you have a dedicated machine it doesn't get much easier than an Ubuntu install from a live ISO.
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