The Linux Installation HOWTO

Eric Steven Raymond

Thyrsus Enterprises

Revision History
Revision 5.6 2001-09-06 Revised by: esr
Added a Translation section.
Revision 5.5 2001-07-11 Revised by: esr
PnP cards are no longer a problem.
Revision 5.4 2001-06-14 Revised by: esr
Added link to Post-installation HOWTO.
Revision 5.3 2001-03-9 Revised by: esr
Fixes for various links.
Revision 5.2 2001-02-22 Revised by: esr
LDP Styleguide markup fixes.
Revision 5.1 2001-01-29 Revised by: esr
Minor corrections for the post-2.1 world.
Revision 5.0 2000-07-21 Revised by: esr
First DocBook version.

This document describes how to obtain and install Linux software. It is the first document which a new Linux user should read to get started.

Table of Contents
1. Introduction
1.1. Purpose of this document
1.2. Translations
1.3. Other sources of information
1.4. New versions of this document
1.5. Feedback and Corrections
2. Recent Changes
3. The Easiest Option: Buy, Don't Build
4. Before You Begin
4.1. Hardware requirements
4.2. Space requirements and coexistence
5. Time requirements
5.1. Choosing a Linux distribution
6. Installation Overview
6.1. First Installation Steps: The Easy Way
6.2. First Installation Steps: The Hard Way
6.3. Continuing the Installation
6.4. Basic Parts of an Installation Kit
7. Installation In Detail
7.1. Getting prepared for installation
7.2. Creating the boot and root floppies
7.3. Repartitioning your DOS/Windows drives
7.4. Creating partitions for Linux
7.5. Booting the installation disk
7.6. Installing software packages
7.7. After package installations
8. Booting Your New System
9. After Your First Boot
9.1. Beginning System Administratration
9.2. Custom LILO Configuration
10. Administrivia
10.1. Terms of Use
10.2. Acknowledgements