a screenshot tour of the crunchbang installation.
The purpose of this guide is to lure newcomers into linux and show that
debian/crunchbang installation is not for experts only. In fact the
hole thing is
Click on the images to have an English screenshot (not all pics are
First you have to know that you
can't start the installation process from within the live session. You
have to reboot the live cd and then choose one of the install options.
I went for the text install for the sole reason that I have always
chosen it. It doesn't really matter. Graphical install isn't that
Next you can select your language.
I chose German.
Select your destination.
Select keyboard layout.
are being loaded.
After additional components have been loaded you are supposed to name
Write down your name.
Chose your username.
Again additional components are being loaded. Then comes a tricky
part - partitioning. But do not fear. It's not too complicated.
I strongly suggest to always go for manual configuration. The main
advantage of this is you can create an extra home partition which makes
easier to install a new system or upgrade.
Chose the partition you want to install crunchbang. As I did this in a
virtual machine there is only one drive with one partition with no
partition table. When you install beside a windows installation you
will have to decide what to do - whether you want to shrink the windows
partition or use an already existing second partition. In that case it
might be usefull to accept guided installation. Or if you want to
shrink your windows partition it might be an option to boot into the
live session and shrink it with gparted, a graphical tool to manage
your partitions. It is allready installed in crunchbang and to be found
Select the drive you want to install crunchbang to.
Create partition table if it does not already exist (when an operating
system has been installed before or when it has been formatted before a
partition table already exists)
Select free partition to install to.
We want to create a swap partition first. This is used by the operating
system to outsource data in the case your RAM is insufficient.
You are asked how large the new partition should be.
The size of the swap partition depends on the size of your RAM. It
should be approximately the same. But much bigger than 4 GB does not
really makes sense.
Linux can be booted from a logical partition. If you know you won't use
more than 4 partitions altogether it is not necessary to install to a
logical partition. I did just to demonstrate.
We want to put swap at the beginning at our drive. Writing and reading
is fastest there.
We have to tell the installer to use the partition as swap. So just hit
And select Swap. Hit Enter.
Tell the installer that we are contented.
We are back to our drive.
Our next purpose is to create the root partition. Everything important
to run the system goes there. We could subdivide it further but that is
for experts and play-kids only.
Again we are prompted to decide on the amount we want to assign to our
15 GB is more than enough for the root partition.
As I put swap on a logical partition I went on to do the same with root.
I want root to be next to swap.
Yeah, everything is fine. Just accept the defaults. Scroll down to the
end of the page and hit enter.
Ok. We are back again and ready to create the home partition.
As twice times before ...
Home should at least have 10GB. All your data like pics, videos and so
on goes there if you do not want those to be explicitly somewhere
else. I just hit Enter cause I want to use the remaining space.
Defaults are fine again.
Now we have to tell the installer that everything is how we want it.
Scroll down to the end of page where it says to end partitioning and
accept the changes. Hit Enter.
There it goes. Your system is being installed.
Grub is the boot-loader. It loads your kernel into RAM. When you install
grub into the master record it manages windows (if there is one) too.
Without another operating system on your computer you can just accept
their defaults. The same applies if you are contend that grub manages
windows too. I never had problems with that configuration. The only
drawback is you cannot delete your Linux partition without restoring
your windows boot record. For further information how to restore your
windows boot record or use windows too manage your operating systems
I'd like to be so free as to direct you to google (or better
We are almost done.
Installation finished and ready to reboot.
After the reboot our first log-in. Type in your username.
Type in your password.
You are greeted with the first run script which offers you some useful
adaptions to your system.
Update your system.
You have to bee root to update. Security first!
After your system is up to date you are asked if you want to have
You want LibreOffice, an office suite? Abiword, a small writer
program, and Gnumeric for spreadsheets are already installed though!
There is even more.
Or openssh to connect remotely to other computers.
Or server clients.
Enjoy your system!