by March 7, 2006 0 comments



You should consider installing the Lite or Xtra Lite
Desktops if you are running low powered or very old machines. As the name
suggests, Xtra Lite is the lighter of the two. We recommend that you try Lite
first, and if that does not work, try installing Xtra lite. Both support graphic
and text based installs, so if the former doesn’t work, choose the latter
route.

Installation is fairly simple. Pop in Disc 1 and when
Anaconda loads up, and displays the Linux mascot, click on next. Select English
as the language of installation and US-English as the keyboard. Now, you will
get the list of install options. Choose the first one in the list — Lite
Workstations and click on next. On the next screen, choose between Lite and Xtra
Lite options.

Important Note:
You can usually save some time during the install by skipping the media check. However, if the installation fails, then you should do it.

Let us first try Lite. Choose Lite Regular and click on
next to bring up the disk partitioning screen. Choose automatic partitioning
here and proceed. In the next screen, you get three choices- Remove all Linux
partitions, remove all Linux partitions in this system and keep all partitions
and use existing free space. Your hard disk will also show up as selected. Once
you make your choice ( if this machine is going to run PCQLinux Lite desktop
only, then our recommendation is to choose “Remove all partitions in this
system”. If you are going to dual boot, then you need to choose “keep
partitions and use existing free space. For this, the free space has to be
created on the disk before you start the install. 

Use a tool like partition
magic), you will be given an alert about the partition being removed. Once you
say yes to this, you will get the drive mapping. At first, it looks like a
complex table. Ignore it for the time being and click on next. You will move on
to the screen that installs Grub, the boot loader. If you have only Linux, then
you need not worry and can safely click on next. That brings up the network
devices screen. Your network card will show up here. Assuming you have only one,
it will be named eth0. Most networks today, including ISPs work on DHCP.
If that is the case you do not have to do anything on this screen, other than
click on next. However, if you do not have DHCP services available, you will
need to click on the edit button next to the details of the network card and
remove the tick mark next to “configure using DHCP” in the dialog box that
comes up. Now you need to enter the IP address and netmask for your machine and
click on OK. Now, you will have to change the “set the hostname” setting to
manual, and put in your host name and gateway address. Finally, those without
DHCP will have to give the gateway and DNS addresses.

In the next screen, ensure that the default of “enable
firewall” is not changed. In the next screen, accept the default, where the
language is set to English (USA). Time from the next screen is also set for you
to IST. The next screen prompts you for a root password, and once you have done
that, the system is ready to install your chosen Lite desktop. In the case of
Lite, you do not get to choose packages. 

What is
lite?
What we have done with Lite and Xtralite, is to choose applications that have a light footprint. Remember that these applications do not offer all the functions and features that their full blown counterparts provide. But they do work. The lite desktop installation requires the first three CDs from your four CD set.

In all other options, you can modify
the package choice at this point. Once installation is over, reboot and you
should be up and running.At first boot, the system will downgrade your kernel if
you are running Lite or Xtra Lite. This is because the original install is done
on the latest kernel, which is not required for Lite. Once this is done, your PC
will boot again and load up PCQLinux 2006 Lite , or Xtra Lite as you have
chosen.

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