Debian 6 installation step by step

In this opportunity, we will see how to install Linux Debian 6. We will start with a little general information and then to ours, the installation of this great distro, with screenshots included for a better visualization of each plunge.

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According to the official wiki, Debian Linux is a free operating system, developed by more than a thousand volunteers around the world, who collaborate through the Internet.

Debian's dedication to free software, its volunteer base, its non-commercial nature, and its open development model sets it apart from other distributions of the GNU operating system. All these aspects and more are collected in the call Debian Social Contract.

It was born in 1993, with the idea of ​​creating a GNU system using Linux as a kernel. In turn, the Debian project, the organization responsible for its maintenance today, develops GNU systems based on other kernels (Debian GNU / Hurd, Debian GNU / NetBSD and Debian GNU / kFreeBSD).

One of its main objectives is to separate free software from non-free software into its versions. Unlike other distros, the development model is independent of large companies: it is developed by the users themselves, without depending in any way on commercial needs. Debian does not sell its software directly, it makes it available to anyone on the Internet, although it does allow individuals or companies to commercially distribute this software as long as its license is respected.

Debian Linux can be installed using a variety of installation mechanisms such as DVD, CD, Blu-Ray, USB sticks and floppy disks, and even directly from the network.


Step-by-step installation

Step-by-step images of the installation + brief explanation ..

This is the first screen we will see when we boot .. we select Grphical Install

Language ..

Location …

Keyboard distribution

Machine name

Root password ...

Username for a non-admin user.

Pass for the user created in the previous step .. the user not admin

In this step we prepare the hdd to tell the installer what kind of partitioning ... since we are generally in a virtual one, we give the option of the entire disk ... but in case of being in a physical machine we select manual and select the free space previously created ...

We select the disk to partition.

We select the first option since the others are for a little more experienced users since we can establish several options ...

In this screen we are about to confirm the writing of the changes to the disk ... (you know how many times I lost everything when I started in linux back in the years 98/99 hehehe)

We say yes, since we are or will be great linux administrators and we are VERY sure of the selected options hehe

We select that no and move on ...

We select that no and continue ... (there is less left)

In this screen we select the purpose of our server .. that is, if it will be a mail server, ftp, print, ssh, etc.

Installing ...

Workgroup name for samba (file sharing)

We want to write grub (linux bootloader) to disk? we say yes ...

We did it!!!!! the installation finished ok !!

reboot ...

And we see our dear GRUB ...

Login ...

Thanks Dany Rey! 

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  1.   Orlando Hernandez said

    Dear Santiago, I think you did not check the graphical desktop environment option at the time the window came out with the program to install, but it is not the end of the world you just have to install a desktop. I imagine that when you start your pc it ends up in a terminal, then you must log in as a super user, something like this:
    $ su
    password, then you will get the symbol # there you will do this;
    # apt-get install (your favorite desktop) and wait until it installs and voila

  2.   Luis Alexis Fabris said

    Hello d4ny when you have time I would need you to give me a hand since a couple of days ago I installed debian 6 following the tutorial you left, but I have a problem when wanting to install the drivers for my wireless card ..
    I await your answer .. And by the way the tutorial is very good ...
    Greetings ..

  3.   Santiago Corvalan said

    Hello everyone, I have a problem. After finishing the installation, when I reboot, Debian does not boot graphically. What I do?

  4.   Emanuel Jorge Malfatti said

    Hello good to all. It is my first time that I make contact with this space. I ask because I have doubts. What version of Debian do you recommend? Because I have read that there is a stable one, another test, etc and it has created a lot of confusion for me. And when trying to download it, notice that it says dvd 1, dvd2, dvd3: or cd1, cd2 ... and the truth is that I do not understand much what or which I should download. I'm a rookie, but not that much, hehe. Thank you very much for your time. !!!

    PS: I come from Ubuntu. Right now I'm writing from Linux Mint 14. I don't like Ubuntu anymore, and I wanted to try they should, now I'm downloading Mepis and Linux Mint based on Debian.

  5.   Francisco said

    Hi, I was installing debian 7.2 and when I was going to install the grub, it threw an error that it could not install the grub, later, I try to install the LILO but it also threw an error, what happens? -NOTE: I am installing debian from virtualbox -2º note: the debian I am trying to install comes with GNOME included with debian in the .iso

  6.   pedro said

    It does NOT work after installing linux debian 7.5.0 not even 7.6.0 does not tell me that it does not find boot

  7.   Marvin said

    Thanks for the tutorial, it was very helpful.

  8.   Edgar said

    Excellent, the linux download will finish soon; I save the link for later review. Do you have something related to the facilities, repositories etc ... ???

  9.   Graciano said

    Hello, I must say that I am a newbie to debian 6.0.6 and I have had several problems since the ethernet and wifi port of my machine are not activated automatically, nor can I view the downloads and install new programs, could someone help me with that?

    Thank you.