So I already have a laptop, and the laptop is installed with Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium. The harddisk size is 80 GB, but first 7 GB is taken by Acer recovery system, and 35 GB is used by Vista. So left around 36 GB for my Debian installation. I created 3 partitions on that 36 GB, 25 GB for /, 10 GB for data, and the rest is for swap space.
At the first time, I wanted to install Debian to my laptop from a USB stick. I found few nice articles about that, and followed all the instructions. But something weird happened, to copy the installer files (including the kernel), I needed to copy boot.img.gz to /dev/sda1 (my USB stick) using command zcat boot.img.gz > /dev/sda1. Maybe I was very tired so I can’t focus on what I was doing, I typed: zcat boot.img.gz > /dev/hda1. Guess what happen? I destroyed my / partition (on my old PC, not my new laptop), fortunately only few data there, and I still have one working partition (from my old 40 GB harddisk).
I still have a netinst CD from August 2006 (when I installed my-currently-destroyed Debian), the debian installer cannot detect my laptop DVD drive. After downloading the latest testing business card iso, the DVD is now detected.
So the installer proceed to installing the base system, I tried with 2 Singapore mirrors listed by the installer, both had some packages failed to download and the installation stuck there. I then entered the mirror manually, seemed that it solved the problem. And yes, the installer was able to download all necessary packages. But again, the base system installation failed because a dependency problem: a version of package didn’t match the required version (I forgot the package name).
I didn’t give up, I boot the installer but as rescue system, I entered the system, and I installed the Linux kernel and the grub boot loader manually. As long as I can boot to my installed system, I can finish the installation (previously I also had to do this, but I forget what problem occurred). After that, I put correct entry in the menu.lst, and install some basic packages (X.org) and KDE.
X.org originally only recognized 1024×768 resolution, but after installing 915resolution from Debian, the screen resolution was adjusted automatically and I can get 1280 x 800 in my 15.4″ widescreen display.
A screenshot from my new Debian GNU/Linux lenny/sid + KDE 3.5.6:
However, still many things that have to be done:
- Set up the KDE4 + KOffice2 development environment
- Set up laptop hardware: sound card, wireless, power management, modem, 3D acceleration
- Start GSoC