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 Debian/squeeze installation: ok out-of-the box 
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Post Debian/squeeze installation: ok out-of-the box
I installed Debian/squeeze/6.0 on my new fitpc2 without problems:
  • You need an USB stick and a wired ethernet connection for installation.
  • Wireless network connections can be enabled after installation, see below.
  • The video driver is detected automatically.
Older posts indicated problems with the wireless connection and with the video driver. I did not experience any such problems. Most likely, the necessary drivers have been added to the main distribution.

Preparation: Create Installation USB stick
See: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEeePC/HowTo/InstallUsingStandardInstaller

Login to an existing Linux system as root and find out the correct device name for your USB stick:
Code:
root$ fdisk -l   # Run this before entering your USB stick.
root$ fdisk -l   # Run this again after entering your USB stick.

The above command shows all your drives. By comparing the output of the two calls, you can find out how the newly added USB stick is called. In my case, it is: /dev/sda

Download the Squeeze netinst ISO image from http://www.debian.org/CD/netinst/ . Choose the i386 image.

Write the image to your empty USB drive:
Code:
root$ dd if=debian-*-netinst.iso of=/dev/sdX   # sdX is your USB stick.

In the above line, I need to replace sdX by sda --- use the correct drive for your USB stick.

Now, insert the USB stick into the fitpc2 and switch on the fitpc2. You may have to configure the boot sequence to enable booting from USB drives (press F2 after power on to enter the BIOS configuration).

Installation
The installation preceeds normally --- like any Debian installation. Because the wifi chip requires a proprietary driver (details below) you cannot use the wifi connection for the installation: you need a wired network connection for that.

X-Windows/graphics (updated)
You may either select a pre-defined package bundle (e.g. "Desktop") or hand-pick each package that you want. I tried both approaches:

The "desktop" installation needs about 2.5 GB disk space for a selection of desktop applications. It recognizes the video chip correctly.

Alternatively, I started with a minimal installation and added the "xorg" package (X-Windows system; correctly recognizes the video chip) and a window manager (I like "awesome" but your mileage may vary). Again, the video chip is detected automatically.

Of course, if you use your Fit-PC2 as a server, neither desktop applications nor windows manager are necessary.

Wifi wireless networking (updated)
See: http://wiki.debian.org/rt2860sta

As of now, there is no free driver available for your chip. You need to add the propriary driver. (Note: There is now active development for a free wifi driver for Intel chips. Maybe by the time you are reading this, this driver is already included into debian and you may not need the proprietary driver.)

Edit the file /etc/apt/sources.list and add the following line:
Code:
deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian squeeze main contrib non-free

Note: you may use the same server as you use for your other package repositories.

After saving the changed file, execute the following two commands as root:
Code:
root$ aptitude update
root$ aptitude install firmware-ralink

I use the network-manager package to configure the wireless connection. If this is not already installed, you can install it like this:
Code:
root$ aptitude install network-manager-gnome

You may have to reboot the fit-PC2 after installing these packages before you can use them.

The network manager adds a small icon to the systems tray. If it is not automatically started, open a xterm and run:
Code:
user$ nm-applet

After this installation, I was able to use the wireless connection.


Last edited by yaakov on Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:36 am, edited 1 time in total.



Wed May 11, 2011 1:04 pm
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Post Re: Debian/squeeze installation: ok out-of-the box
How is the video driver working? Can you play 1080P movie or even get compiz working with it?


Thu May 19, 2011 10:06 pm
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Post Re: Debian/squeeze installation: ok out-of-the box
Personally, I don't view videos --- just light XWindows usage and web browsing. For this, the video driver certainly works fine. Sorry that I cannot help with more information regarding your question.


Fri May 20, 2011 8:17 am
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Post Re: Debian/squeeze installation: ok out-of-the box
That's fine. I'm dual-booting Debian 6.0.1 and Mint 9 now. You installation guide is very helpful.


Wed May 25, 2011 3:44 am
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Post Re: Debian/squeeze installation: ok out-of-the box
Hi WRC4,

wrc4 wrote:
How is the video driver working? Can you play 1080P movie or even get compiz working with it?...
[after some posts:]... I'm dual-booting Debian 6.0.1 and Mint 9 now.

So, did you succeed with 1080P movies and with the compiz installation on Debian? Your feedback may help others that have the same quesion. Please give a short status update...


Wed May 25, 2011 9:40 am
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Post Re: Debian/squeeze installation: ok out-of-the box
You know, since I'm dual booting, I haven't even tried making those work under Debian 6. However, I'm trying to figure out an issue with my setup, which is when I shutdown from within Mint, sometimes the machine will not turn off. The screen will be blank but the Power LED remains on. Anyway, this might be unrelated to the topic.


Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:12 am
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Post Re: Debian/squeeze installation: ok out-of-the box
One question to yaakov - did you install your Debian on HD or SSD?

Thanks,

Emil


Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:06 pm
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Post Re: Debian/squeeze installation: ok out-of-the box
emilzak wrote:
Did you install your Debian on HD or SSD?


I installed it on HD (my fitpc2 has HD and no SSD).


Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:27 pm
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Post Re: Debian/squeeze installation: ok out-of-the box
Do you know if there any trouble expected with the SSD version?
Debian Squeeze


Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:55 pm
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Post Re: Debian/squeeze installation: ok out-of-the box
emilzak wrote:
Do you know if there any trouble expected with the SSD version?

So far, I have never used SSD --- so I don't know. From what I read in this forum and on the web, I would guess:


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