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An Installation Comparison

An Installation Comparison

Modern installations offer a nice, graphical process, and, for the most part, installing Linux today is a point-and-click experience, with help every step of the way. Of course, a graphical installation makes a lot of assumptions that might not necessarily be what you want. Should all else fail, try the text-based installation. Most distributions still provide one, and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

A Very Generic Install

Every installation is similar in many ways, though the order of the steps may vary slightly. After booting, you get a nice welcome screen, usually followed by a request for the language you want to install in. Hot on the heels of this is some kind of basic peripheral selection, namely, for your keyboard and mouse. You'll also be asked for the time zone you live in. Every installation will (somewhere near here) ask you for options on partitioning and formatting your drive. For most users, the defaults should be fine, and your Windows partition (if you opted for a dual-boot system) will be detected and set aside. This is also the point where you are asked to select a boot loader and to confirm the operating systems you want to be able to launch at boot time. Once again, this is particularly important if you are setting up a dual-boot system.


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