Re: Help me Linux
- Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2018 11:04:03 -0400
- From: Greg Wooledge <wooledg@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Help me Linux
On Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 09:53:59AM -0500, Kent West wrote:
> On 10/30/18 3:17 AM, P M wrote:
> > Hey, this is Piyush M.
> > I TRIED TO INSTALL DEBIAN MANY TIMES BUT FAILED BADLY. I NEVER USED
> > DEBIAN.
> I suggest you try again, and take notes if necessary, and ask this list
> when you run into an issue, making sure to be specific about what errors
> are listed, when, after doing what. (Be sure to use descriptive subject
> lines on your emails, so that two years from now when someone is
> searching on "How to fix X", they don't miss it because it's buried in a
> mail with a non-meaningful subject line like "I'm having a problem".)
> Installing Debian is the first thing for you to accomplish. After that,
> the other issues in your email can be addressed.
Also be sure to say what kind of machine you're installing on (exact
model number if possible, or what kind of virtual machine it is, if
you're installing virtually), which installer you're using, whether
you're attempting to use wireless networking during the installation,
and so on.
I'll skip forward a bit and say that if this is an attempted LAPTOP
installation, then you probably want to use the unofficial installer
images that include non-free firmware. Most laptops have hardware
(especially the wireless network interfaces) that won't work with only
free drivers and firmware.
Free software purists may of course choose not to use these images
because they include non-free firmware. In such cases, I would advise
not using a laptop unless it is custom-built for Freedom.