Debian Saga – Prologue

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Yesterday was my first day with Debian GNU/Linux.

I can’t say that all went well with the install and actually it all started with the wrong foot. This is why as a GNU/Linux newbie you should pay attention and learn at least the basics very well. At the partition step, i didn’t mark as bootable the root partition and with this mistake hell break loose.

The system didn’t boot, all i get was this:

error: no such device <hex UUID>

grub rescue>

I tried and read everything on the internet regarding this error and nothing happened, it just didn’t boot. And while searching i found on a forum a guy who said about a partition being marked as bootable, like when you do the command:

fdisk -l

and you get all your partition and the bootable partition is marked with a *.

And it struck me!

I’m not a linux guru  and maybe there were other steps to solve the problem, but if you do your first install of Debian with this by your side i think it will help you. I used Debian 5.0.7 DVD (the first DVD in the torrent list on http://www.debian.org) and have to admit that it’s very easy to follow the installation steps. Text install or graphical install, both are great and simple to use.

This is what i did and got my sweet Debian installed (REMEMBER TO BACK-UP ANY EXISTING DATA ON THE HARD-DISK):

  1. Boot with the Debian DVD;
  2. Follow the steps until you are in the partitioning part;
  3. Repartition the hard-disk or format exiting partitions. I made 1 partition for root (MARK IT BOOTABLE 🙂 ), 1 for home and 1 swap (2xRAM on your computer eg. 2 gigs of RAMx2=4gigs the swap partition);
  4. when i get to the GRUB Loader installation, which is the Boot Loader, i install it on the MBR (master boot record) because Debain is the only OS on my computer.

I didn’t get into much detail because it’s not hard to install Debian, just pay attention to what the installer “tells” you.

Have fun!

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