50k-Installation

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This page is intended to document installing the latest version of BLAG, currently 50003.

If you are installing the older 30k, see 30k-Installation

Contents

Download

Download the latest BLAG release. As of this writing it is BLAG50003.

You can download it with your web browser, an FTP client, or bittorrent. It is preferred to use bittorrent, if you know how to use it because this saves BLAG's bandwidth.

ftp://ftp.blagblagblag.org/pub/BLAG/linux/50000/en/iso/BLAG-50003.iso

http://www.blagblagblag.org/50000/iso/BLAG-50003.iso

http://www.blagblagblag.org/torrents/BLAG-50003.iso.torrent

To download via bittorrent, run:

bittorrent-curses http://devel.blagblagblag.org/torrents/BLAG-50002.iso.torrent
or
btdownloadcurses.py --url http://devel.blagblagblag.org/torrents/BLAG-50003.iso.torrent

Getting CD by not downloading

If you can't burn a CD or don't have the bandwidth to download it, see this post on the forum: cds for the broadband impaired.

There are also a number of organizations that sell BLAG via mail order

Burn CD

There are a number of applications that burn ISO images to CD. If you are running BLAG or another GNU/Linux distro, this command should suffice:

cdrecord -pad -dao -data BLAG-50003.iso

Or perhaps:

cdrecord dev=0,0,0 -pad -dao -data BLAG-50003.iso

Windows Users should see Burn BLAG in Windoz.

Boot CD

Reboot your computer with the BLAG CD in the drive. You may need to go into your computer's BIOS to tell it to boot from CDROM. BIOSes are different--try hitting ESC, F2, F12 or DEL at boot to get into the BIOS.

The boot: Prompt

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Here you can specify options to the installer. For example, use this on old computers to do a text mode install:

linux text

Or, you can do a blag automajick install. Press F6 for more details.

Mediacheck

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Here you can verify that your media is good media. If your installation CD fails the mediacheck, please burn another CD: your installation is unlikely to go well.

Installation

Splash

The splash screen: File:50k-blag-instal-00-boot.png


Welcome

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Language

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Keyboard

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Blag Checks Package List

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Upgrade or Install

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Those who have previously installed BLAG can upgrade from a previous release (including alphas and betas).

Desktop, Server, Custom

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Most new linux users will want a desktop install. People who want control over their install should select custom.

Partition

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Most users will want to auto-partition here.

Custom Partition (1)

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Select this option to create your own custum partition layout on your disk(s). New users may prefer to use the layout automatically created by the Blag CD. See Autopartition below.

Custom Partition (2)

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An example of specifying the file system, size and mountpoint for a partition.

Autopartition

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Make sure you do not overwrite another operating system here unless you are absolutely sure you want to. You will lose your previous operating system if you overwrite it. This is very important.

Partition Confirm

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Once again, be sure that you do not overwrite anything you do not want to.

GRUB

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You will most likely want to use the GRUB bootloader and can set a password for it.

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There are a number of boot parameters that you can specify here. This example enables small, clear fonts for virtual terminals. It also greets you a colour Tux logo when you boot the machine

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Network Configuration

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Firewall & SELinux

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It is recommended that you do not enable SELinux if you plan to use legacy applications that do not work with SELinux. (To disable SELinux "more thoroughly" add selinux=0 to your kernel boot options...)

Additional Languages

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Timezone

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Root Password

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Make sure that you choose a good root password. It should be at least 10 characters and should contain lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers and symbols.

Packages

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Select Packages

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Select Everything

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About to Install

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Here's your last chance to hit back and change any settings before the installation starts.

Formatting Hard Drive

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The hard drive gets formatted here. All data is erased.

Installing...

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Get ready, your machine is about to be Blagged :)


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Reboot

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Gotta love the graphics on this screen. :)


GNU GPL

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Your box has rebooted and it's now running Blag GNU/Linux. Read and agree to the terms of the GNU General Public License (from the Free Software Foundataion). This is what makes Blag free software. There is no proprietary code on the Blag CD and your box is now free :)

Create A System User

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Enter details for a regular user. This account is used for day-to-day computer usage and not for system administration.

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