Debian Etch Beta3 Graphical-mode installation With screenshots

Etch is the codename for the upcoming release of Debian, which will also be known as Debian GNU/Linux 4.0. Etch has been the testing “release” of the Debian distribution since the release of the current stable version, 3.1 (codenamed Sarge), on June 6th 2005. The project is currently aiming at a December 4 2006 release date.I have created easy debian etch installation process with nearly 50 images.You need to click on thumbnail image to view full image size.

Now you need to download debian Etch from here this is netinst .iso image and now you can burn the cd from this .iso image.Once you have your debian etch cd ready you need to boot your server from this cd once you boot from CD you can see the first sceen with boot: prompt if you want to install debian etch installation in graphical mode you need to enter “installgui” you can see this in the following screen and after that, you press your “Enter” key.


Now you need to select your language here we have selected engish and click on continue button using your mouse.


Next screen you can select the country in this we have selected united kingdom and click on continue.


Now you need to select your keyboard layout here we have selected British Engish and click on continue.


The below screen shows you it will try to detect your cd-rom and mount automatically.


Now it will try to load installer components.


Next one is It will try to detect your network hardware.


The below screen is trying configure your network with DHCP settings.


Now you need to enter the hostname for your machine i have entered as debian here and click on continue.


Next step is you need to enter the domain name for example : – and click on continue.


Now it will try to detect your hard disks.


Now you need to partition your disks. I am using virtual machine setup ,I am using the first “Erase entire disk” choice. If you have any other operating system on your machine, you would rather like to choose the third option, and “Manually edit partition table”. Your existing partitions will show up there.


Now it will show you overview of your partitions it is going to write on the disk and click on continue.


It will try to create entire device to partition and you can tick the check box option in this and click on continue.


Now it will show you the freedisk space available for making partitions select that freedisk spce and click on continue.


Next one to create new partitions select fist option and click on continue.


Here you need to enter the partition size and click on continue.


Now you need to select the type of new partition primary or logical here i am choosing primary and click on continue.


you need to select the location of the patition as beginning and click on continue.


Select your mount point here i have selected /boot and click on continue.


Now you need to select Done setting up the partition option and click on continue.


The same way i have created for / also in my example i have created two partitions with /boot as 100mb and / as 8.5GBNow you need to select “Finish and partitioning and write changes to disk” and and click on continue.


This will notify you it will distroy any data in your selected disk space just click on continue.


Here is the partitioning disks progress.


If you want create a swap partition you can create at the time of partitioning your disks in live machine it is highly recommended.If it didn’t find one swap partition you can see the following message i just click on continue.


Now it is the time for entering root user’s password again. Here – and that is an improvement over text mode IMHO -you can type it in twice on the same screen.


Then again, you create a normal user account which you will actually use later to work with the machine. So if this is your machine, just type in your own full name here.


Enter the password for your user two times here and click on continue.


Now it will try to install the base system progress.


Select the checkbox again. If your machine is networked, make sure to check it to get the latest versions of all your programs, as well as security updates. Etch isn’t released yet.


Now you need to select your country name and mirror you want to use here and click on continue.


Now it will ask you if you want to participate in debian popularity contest if you want tick the check box otherwise don’t select the checkbox and click on continue.


Here you need to select the debian softwares you want to install in your machine and click on continue.


Configuring your software selection progress.


If you want to configure your exim4 mail server you can do here otherwise select no configuration at this time option and click on continue.


Confirmation for exim4 configuration.


Here you can select the default wordlist or you can change and click on continue.


Configuring your sound settings progress.


Here you can select your ispell dictionaries and click on continue.


Now you need to select you X server settings like resolution and click on continue.


Configuring your X server progress.


Now it is the time to install your bootloader select the checkbox in this Screen and click on continue.


Installing your GRUB Boot loader progress.


Finishing Installation progress.


Installation successfully completed now you need to remove your CD from your machine and click on continue to reboot your new Debian testing (Etch) system.


That’s it Debian Graphical-mode installation completed.
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25 thoughts on “Debian Etch Beta3 Graphical-mode installation With screenshots

  1. Hey, this is a hell-of-a-work to open these images because of javascript used… so man can’t middle-click it to open in new tab 🙁

  2. Hi,you just click on the image it will open in new popup window you don’t have to open in new window

  3. GRUB fails to install; had to go with LILO, then install GRUB manually. I agree with Admin’s post #6 — how about providing choices for GNOME, KDE, and XFCE, *and allowing users to select any-or-all of them*? My preference is none of them, but I would like a choice for minimal X11 installation; i.e., Xorg, X11 apps/libs, so that I can run MY choice of window manager (no desktop managers, thank you very much). Other than the GRUB problem, the install went smoothly; certainly as good as anything Fedora has to offer with its GUI-based installer (and I’ve been using RedHat since 1996).

  4. Unfortunately installation on my pc ends with ‘installation step failed’ on ‘uw-imapd’ configurning’, with ‘Failing step is Select and install software’…that was on instalgui, and i’ve tried installing all software pckages except fot laptop& sql database, then just dektop, then everything else except laptop sql db and dasktop, then just standard system on its own…and it always fails on the same step, without any explanation at all no error numbers or links

    i’ll try non graphic install maybe that’ll help

  5. I am preparing to get the installer, and from what I see here, I do have some questions:

    I would like a minimal installation, I do not see a lilo alternative, since I prefer lilo over grub.

    Is there a way to avoid installing any desktop and using plain X with my own choice of window manager?

    How about installing the video driver? It is automatically read/installed by Etch installer?

    I see the installer assumes a DHCP connection, is there an alternative setting when DHCP is not detected?

    Will ssh be enabled and ran from the start, if so, is there any defense against dictionary attacks or we have to install and setup software that would take care of this?

    What is the default kernel version that will be installed? Is there any option on kernel versions like Sarge installer had?

    Since the newest PC Hard Drives are most using SATA today, is Etch going to have a problem with that?

    Can we see snapshots of a non-graphical Etch installer?

    Thank you

  6. I installed Etch on a Dell C610 laptop with no major issues. However I never got the wireless
    to work nor BibleTime. Both worked fine under Sarge 3.1r3 which I’m going back to.

  7. Ben Adams,
    the installer is as flexible as the ncurse is, because it is just a different frontend. So many of your questions, like can I use LILO, can I use other than DHCP, are all acessible if you choose the back button, which leads you to the installer main menu, and gives those and a lot more other options.

  8. Please Would you know if text mode installation, like sarge, is still possible??

    my old pc will not handle this …

  9. OK i cant get into that graphical mode i dont know but i think the code that you wrote there is wrong
    whe i get to the fistrs step it doesnt want to boot with that installgui

  10. shayan

    first you need to install any gui for your debian system like gnome,kde,xfce etc then you can login in to graphical mode

  11. i have another problem too
    is debian just text?
    because when i finnished the installation it goes to terminal
    and i dont know any thing about that. i needed sothing else like grapichal desktop . its not booting to that linux debian

  12. @shayan

    If you install debian sarge server from minimal install cd you will get only terminal if you want to install GUI you have to install gnome,kde,xfce etc


    |File |Disk |Copy |Copy |Tar |Unzip| Del |
    |System |Usage|655MB|655MB|Gzip |UnTar| 2.5 |
    |Type |(MB) | (1) | (2) |655MB|655MB| Gig |
    |REISER4 | 692 | 148 | 55 | 67 | 25 | 56 |
    | (tails)| 673 | 148 | 63 | 78 | 33 | 65 |
    |NTFS3g | 772 |1333 |1426 | 585 | 767 | 194 |
    |NTFS | 779 | 781 | 173 | X | X | X |
    |REISER3 | 793 | 184 | 98 | 85 | 63 | 22 |
    |XFS | 799 | 220 | 173 | 119 | 90 | 106 |
    |JFS | 806 | 228 | 202 | 95 | 97 | 127 |
    |EXT4 | 816 | 174 | 70 | 74 | 42 | 50 |
    |EXT3 | 816 | 182 | 74 | 73 | 43 | 51 |
    |EXT2 | 816 | 201 | 82 | 73 | 39 | 67 |
    |FAT32 | 988 | 253 | 158 | 118 | 81 | 95 |

    REISER4 is shown to be the best filesystem ever developed.

  14. Hi, please anybody who can help me..I have a problem login on my debian etch, before it was working. What happen is I did something is login configuration to allow remote controllers to access my debian without entering the password on it. When i reboot I can’t login on my gui anymore only i can see the mouse cursor which is X.

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