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  1. Linux Manual
  2. Installation & Internet
  3. About the Author
  4. Content
  5. Installation
  6. Choosing a Linux Distribution
  7. Partition types
  8. Fdisk
  9. Understanding Mount Point /mnt
  10. Linux File Structure
  11. Creating a boot disk
  12. Welcome to Linux Installation
  13. Installation mode
  14. Partitioning
  15. Creating partitions with Druid
  16. Creating partitions manually
  17. Formatting Partitions
  18. Individual packages selection
  19. The root account
  20. Network configuration
  21. The time zone
  22. Configuring Services
  23. Configuring X
  24. Installing Mandrake 9.1 & 9.2
  25. Installation Class
  26. The Drake X Partitioning
  27. Package Selection
  28. Configuring X
  29. The Internet
  30. Creating a new user
  31. Getting online
  32. Configuring the connection (Dial UP)
  33. High Speed Internet
  34. DSL Modems and Cable modems
  35. Connecting DSL as DHCP
  36. Setting up a Plain Cable Modem (DOCSIS)
  37. Connecting an ISDN
  38. Using Routers
  39. Login Protocols
  40. PPPoE
  41. WAN IP Address
  42. Commercial Configuration
  43. Troubleshooting

Formatting Partitions

Formatting Partitions
Fig. 1.19

At this stage you have to pay attention not to format your windows partition if you are setting up a dual boot system. The new partition that you just created should only be marked. After you verified, click OK to proceed with the format. After formatting is complete the file systems are permanently written to the disk and will be initialized every time the system boots up.

Selection of Software Packages

If you are aware of what you are doing, this is the most important part and reason of why you should have a big hard drive. The packages selection in the following picture is the most essential either for workstation or server. A 2.0 GB hard drive is not enough for all the default packages. Each package on the following picture has a subset of packages, which you can select next during the installation. Depending on what system you are setting up, you can select a few packages or select them all. The partitions you created in the previous section are perfect either for workstation or for a server machine. If you don't plan to use this machine as a server, of course you don't need to install the server packages. You can still add them later at any time.

Package Group Selection
Fig. 1.20

Usually when I set up a machine, I select only what I need from this screen and when my installation is complete I still verify and stop all services that I don't need. Let's go ahead and select the following software packages from table 1.3. Note that some of them you may not need... but it is good to know what they are. For example if you don't do programming; you don't need the development package or the game package if you don't play games. Or perhaps you want to learn more then you should install the documentation.

I suggest that you install those (doted) packages presented, so that you can see and experience the true Joys of Linux

Work StationServer
  • Office workstation
  • Web/ftp
  • Game station
  • Mail groupware/News
  • Multimedia
  • Database
  • Internet station
  • Firewall/router
  • Network computer client
  • DNS/NIS
  • Configuration
  • Network computer server
  • Scientific workstation
  • KDE (Graphical interface)
  • Console toolsGnome(Graphical interface)
    DevelopmentPause your mouse pointer on the package;
    DocumentationYou will see a short description.
    Table 1.3 Install doted packages only

    Make sure Individual packages selection is selected.

    • To continue with your installation click OK.