by March 10, 2007 0 comments



PCQLinux 2007 as you probably know by now comes in two editions on the DVD:
the Enterprise edition which is meant for installation on servers and the
Desktop edition meant for obviously desktop and notebook machines. We have
simplified and streamlined the installation process for both these editions
significantly so that with the fewest of information asked from you the
installation can be underway and you can go get your cup of coffee or lunch. We
provide logical defaults to most other information-all of  which can be
easily changed once the installation is complete. This is also the method that
many other operating systems take.

To install PCQLinux Desktop or Enterprise, pop the dual-layer DVD in a
compatible DVD drive. Boot the machine and ensure that it will boot from the DVD
drive and not the hard disk. Once the DVD boots up, you will be shown the
PCQLinux splash screen. This is where you must decide on the type of
installation you want. Do ensure you have taken backups of your entire system
first in case you have any important data on it.

  • If you want to install PCQLinux 2007 Desktop on a fresh partition, simply
    press Enter here.
  • If you wish to upgrade an existing PCQ Linux installation, type ‘upgrade’
    and press Enter. This will upgrade the installation to the PCQLinux 2007
    Desktop edition.
  • If you wish to install PCQLinux 2007 Enterprise edition, type ‘enterprise’
    and press Enter.

Wait for the installation to kick off. After performing a few simple checks,
the installation will start by prompting you for the partition information. You
will need to choose whether to automatically or manually partition and whether
you wish to remove ‘all’ or remove ‘all Linux partitions’ or create the
partitions in empty space on your hard disk. In the case of the Enterprise
edition, you will need to make some extra choices about the boot loader location
as well. Once past the partitioning and boot loader screens on either edition,
you will be asked to enter (and re-enter) a secure password for the ‘root’ user
account. Make sure you create a good, secure password for this as well as
remember it as you will need it later on. And believe it or not, that’s all you
need to do!

The installation of the edition you selected starts off after formatting and
transferring the install image to the new partitions takes place. The Enterprise
edition takes about one-third time than the Desktop edition due to the smaller
number of packages in it.

After the installation is complete, the system will reboot. The Enterprise
edition is ready to start working with. However, on the desktop edition there
are a few more steps that will need to be completed. On the first boot up after
the installation, you will be prompted with the EULA for the Sun JDK. Press
space through it till you reach the end and then answer in the affirmative or
negative depending on whether you wish to install Java or not. Please note: some
of the PCQLinux 2007 desktop utilities do have a requirement for Java, so it is
recommended that you select to install it. Once this installation is complete,
one final reboot takes place and you can finally login to the newly installed
PCQLinux 2007 Desktop Edition.

We do hope you enjoy using PCQLinux 2007. Do give your feedback at
forums.pcquest.com.

Desktop Installation

Desktop Installation

When you boot
your machine with PCQLinux 2007 DVD, you will see this screen. To start a
Desktop Install, hit Enters
Select the
first option if you want to use your full disk space for Linux. Else select
‘use the existing free space’
If you select the first
option, you are faced with this confirmation screen. Click on ‘Yes’ if you
want to proceed
For reviewing the disk
layout or doing a custom layout select the ‘Yes’ option


Here you can customize the
layout of your hard-disk. Be very careful before proceeding further
Here you can customize the
layout of your hard-disk. Be very careful before proceeding further

Server Installation


Server Installation

To start the
Enterprise Server installation, place the PCQ Linux 2007 DVD, type
‘enterprise’ and hit Enter
Here you can
tell the installer to do an automatic hard-disk partitioning. You can do it
manually using ‘Disk Druid’


Here you can tell the
installer to do an automatic hard-disk partitioning. You can do it manually
using ‘Disk Druid’
Here you can tell the
installer to do an automatic hard-disk partitioning. You can do it manually
using ‘Disk Druid’


Provide a Boot loader
password in this screen. It is recommended for server installations to
maintain physical security
This is the last screen of
the installer. Here fill in the desired password for the user ‘root’

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