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Parsix GNU/Linux Installation Guide

Version 3.4 (Last update: April 30 2011)
Author: Navid Abdi
Corrections and Additions: Alan Baghumian, Ali Yousefi Sabzevar

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General Notes‌

Please send your comments and notes to (docs AT parsix DOT org) to make this guide better. Report bugs and problems at Parsix Bug Tracker.



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FAQs

  1. Is it possible to install Parsix GNU/Linux on the hard disk?

  2. What's the minimum hardware requirements to install Parsix GNU/Linux?

  3. Is it possible to install Parsix GNU/Linux beside of other GNU/Linux distributions like Red Hat or Debian GNU/Linux?

  4. Is it possible to install Parsix GNU/Linux beside of MS-Windows?

  5. What's the default boot loader of Parsix GNU/Linux?

  6. Does Parsix GNU/Linux's boot loader recognize other installed GNU/Linux distributions on my PC?

  7. How many partitions and how much space are required to install Parsix GNU/Linux?

  8. Is it possible to update an existing Parsix GNU/Linux installation?

Installation Guide

  1. Prerequirements

  2. Running Installation program

  3. Installation Start

  4. Main Menu

  5. Partitioning

  6. Installation Configuration

  7. Saving and Restoring Configuration

  8. Installation Process

  9. Quit

Updating An Existing Installation

  1. Update Installation Mode

  2. Starting Update Process



General Notes


Is it possible to install Parsix GNU/Linux on the hard disk?

  1. Yes. You can do this using the Parsix GNU/Linux installation program. Parsix GNU/Linux is designed to be installed on the hard disk.

What's the minimum hardware requirements to install Parsix GNU/Linux?

  1. The minimum required hardware is a 500MHz processor and at least 512MB of RAM. For better performance, 1GB of RAM is recommended.

Is it possible to install Parsix GNU/Linux beside of other GNU/Linux distributions such as Red Hat or Debian GNU/Linux?

  1. Yes. You can install it beside of any type of GNU/Linux distribution. Parsix GNU/Linux installer system will try to detect other installed operating systems automatically.

Is it possible to install Parsix GNU/Linux beside of MS-Windows?

  1. Yes. You can install it beside of MS-Windows (Any version).

What's the default boot loader of Parsix GNU/Linux?

  1. Parsix GNU/Linux uses GNU GRUB as it's default boot loader. Starting from Parsix GNU/Linux 3.0r0, we are using GRUB 2.

Does Parsix GNU/Linux's boot loader recognizes other installed GNU/Linux distributions on my PC?

  1. Since version 0.81 (Shipped with Parsix 1.0 called Ramon), the installer system supports auto-detection of all installed operating systems. This feature is also implemented in GRUB 2.

How many partitions and how much space are required to install Parsix GNU/Linux?

  1. At least a root partition with 5 GB free space and a swap partition is required for the installation. Swap partition's capacity should be about twice as your RAM's. Since Parsix GNU/Linux 3.0r0, its officially possible to use an extra partition as /home.

Is it possible to update an existing Parsix GNU/Linux installation?

  1. Parsix installation system can also update existing installations. For more information, see "Update installation mode".


Installation Guide


1. Prerequirements

2. Running Installation Program

3. Installation Start

4. Main Menu

5. Partitioning

Parsix GNU/Linux needs at least two partitions to be installed. A Swap partition about twice as your RAM's and a main or root. Size of this partition should be at least 5GB. It will be formatted using the format you choose in the installation wizard. We recommend to create three partitions: "swap", "/ (root)" and "/home". Having a separate /home partition is always a good idea to keep your data in an isolated environment than the main operating system files. Just in case you need to format the main partition, you will not need to even touch your /home.

If you create or resize any partitions, it's highly recommended to reboot the computer to apply changes and then restart the installation. If the "Partition Editor" tool fails to detect your partitions or crashes during applying needed changes, you can manually partition the hard disk using "su -c cfdisk" command. Cfdisk is a powerful partitioning tool but can not resize your existing partitions. To resize partitions using the command line, use the "parted" command. For more information type the "man parted" command.

6. Starting the Installation

If the installer program finds more than one available partition to be used in installation procedure, it would recommend to use one of them as /home with this question: Would you like specify a separate "/home" partition?
Please note that this partition also will be formatted by the installer.


If you answer "Yes", you should choose a partition to be used as your "/home".


Answering "No" will lead the installer system to use a single partition to store both system and your personal data.

In the next step, you should choose desired file system format. If you don't know about file system differences, click "Next" to proceed.


Then installation program asks you to enter your full name, username and password respectively.




In the next step, you should enter your root (Administration) password. You will need it to do administrative tasks later, so choose a password that you never forget!

In the next step you should enter a hostname (Computer name). Default hostname is "parsix". You can change it. Hostname is needed for networking.

In the next step, the installation program asks about boot loader installation. Parsix GNU/Linux uses GRUB boot loader. It's recommended to choose "mbr". This will install boot loader on the master boot record.


8. Installation Process

9. Quit


Updating An Existing Installation


Update Installation Mode

Starting Update Process

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