Installation of DebianParl


Ideally, installation goes like this:

  1. Select the system profile you want installed

    • e.g. desktop/email
  2. Download and prepare a Debian network installer for your hardware

    • e.g. AMD64netinstmini.iso

  3. Install Debian with selected system profile:
    • Connect the computer to ethernet
    • Boot your computer with the prepared installer
      • e.g. put in USB stick, turn power on, hold down F12, and select USB HDD

    • At the Debian installer menu, select Advanced optionsAutomated install

    • When asked for "preseeding", type in your selected system profile like this:

  4. Subscribe to the user mailinglist to get help (and perhaps help out yourself).

    • Consider subscribing twice - with both your institutional and some independent address.
  5. You are done! Welcome to Debian and DebianParl :-)

    • Consider adding yourself at the users page.

Network access

Some computers may fail to detect networking properly. Try simply run the network detection again - sometimes the second attempt succeeds.

Ethernet is the most reliable and easy to use. Wireless networking often require non-free firmware (e.g. by use of an alternative unofficial installer with such firmware included).


Unfortunately step 3 of above guide will fail (debian installer has no way to ensure trust in network-fetched data), so the following workaround is needed instead:

Other workarounds exist that are simpler to use, but more complex to prepare.

disk formatting

Above preseeding silences most questions during install, but a few technical questions on how to wipe and prepare the target disk is not yet silenced:

  1. Select the partition method that includes encryption

  2. Select your laptop harddisk (typically the topmost one which is largest)
  3. Confirm with "Yes" to proceed with the partition
  4. Wait a looong time for disk preparation to finish (possibly 30 hours!)