Installing Debian from the netinstall ISO image is very easy.

Posted: July 14, 2016. At: 1:27 PM. This was 1 year ago. Post ID: 9426
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Installing Debian from the minimal netinstall image is very easy indeed. The ISO image is available at this link.

http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/8.5.0/amd64/iso-cd/debian-8.5.0-amd64-netinst.iso.

This version of the netinstall ISO contains extra firmware if this is required.

http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/unofficial/non-free/cd-including-firmware/8.5.0+nonfree/amd64/iso-cd/firmware-8.5.0-amd64-netinst.iso.

Now we can begin installation of the Debian distribution.

Debian 8 netinstall boot menu.
Debian 8 netinstall boot menu.

Choose the language for the installation.

Debian 8 language selection.
Debian 8 language selection.

Now select the country where you are located.

Debian 8 country selection.
Debian 8 country selection.

Now select the preferred language for installation.

Debian 8 netinstall language selection.
Debian 8 netinstall language selection.

A hostname is needed for the Debian system. Use anything you like here.

Debian 8 netinstall. Setting a hostname.
Debian 8 netinstall. Setting a hostname.

Do not worry about a domain name for our purposes.

Now set a password for the root user on the Debian system.

Debian 8 netinstall. Setting a root password.
Debian 8 netinstall. Setting a root password.

Now set a name for the user that will be used for day to day usage on your Debian system.

Debian 8 netinstall. Setting a name for the new user.
Debian 8 netinstall. Setting a name for the new user.

And set a username on the next screen.

Debian 8 netinstall. Setting a username.
Debian 8 netinstall. Setting a username.

Now set a password for the user.

Debian 8 netinstall. Setting a user password.
Debian 8 netinstall. Setting a user password.

After this, select the timezone where you are located.

Debian 8 netinstall. Select your timezone.
Debian 8 netinstall. Select your timezone.

We are now up to the partitioning screen. Select the Guided – use entire disk option.

Debian 8 netinstall. Select the partioning option.
Debian 8 netinstall. Select the partioning option.

Now the user will be prompted to select the disk to partition. I only have one option so here we go.

Debian 8 partitioning. Select the drive to partition.
Debian 8 partitioning. Select the drive to partition.

How do we want the drive partitioned? Having the /home partition separate means that reinstallation can be achieved without wiping user data, but I will just put everything under the root partition as I just want a simple installation.

Debian 8 partitioning options.
Debian 8 partitioning options.

Now review the partitioning options before committing them. This is the last chance to ensure the partitioning options are correct.

Debian 8 netinstall. Reviewing partitioning options before pressing enter.
Debian 8 netinstall. Reviewing partitioning options before pressing enter.

Last chance to review partitioning options before committing.

Debian 8. Reviewing partitiong settings.
Debian 8. Reviewing partitiong settings.

Select the appropriate apt mirror for your location.

Select an apt mirror.
Select an apt mirror.

Now select an appropriate server to retrieve deb packages from.

Select an appropriate server.
Select an appropriate server.

Set a HTTP proxy if required. This is required if you are using a work or academic network connection.

Do we need a http proxy?
Do we need a http proxy?

The installation will ask you which packages you wish to install to setup your new system. I do not need any extra desktop environments, so I will just go with the default Gnome desktop, a SSH server, and basic system utilities.

Debian 8 netinstall. Selecting the options to install.
Debian 8 netinstall. Selecting the options to install.

Now the installation will begin. Just sit back and wait whilst the packages are retrieved from the Internet and installed into your new Debian 8 system.

The final step is to install the GNU GRUB bootloader to the Master Boot Record of the hard disk drive.

Debian 8. Installing the GRUB bootloader.
Debian 8. Installing the GRUB bootloader.

Select the appropriate device to install the bootloader to. In my case it is /dev/sda1.

Selecting the appropriate device for bootloader installation.
Selecting the appropriate device for bootloader installation.

Now we are done! Select Continue and press ENTER on the next screen and the Linux distribution will be installed. This is the result of our efforts. A fully working Debian GNU/Linux installation. This is very cool indeed. The default Debian desktop is the Gnome Shell desktop. Now we may open a terminal, switch to the root user and update the package repositories and install any pending updates.

~# apt update && apt upgrade

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