The Structure of This Document

The collection of articles, referred to as the Way of Debian will be structured into four parts, each broken down to chapters that will contain the individual articles, an optionally some sub-pages, where the better structuring, or length of the page dictates. The posts will be thematically connected and follow a logic from introduction to implementation. Each post will be a straight continuation from the previous one, so if one would comply them into a single document, they would provide a naturally flowing whole.

To further “complicate” things, each post will cover a specific topic, that can be used as a simple online reference document by anyone only interested in that particular topic. This means, that while there would be a logical continuation, each of these articles should also be self-contained. This format (hopefully) offers easy navigation and more visual cues when selecting chapters.

The Parts

Foreword

In this part, you will learn a little about Linux in general, and make yourself familiar with some basic terminology that would be unavoidable to use even in plain English articles. A simple and gentle introduction, before jumping right into the deep. It can be skipped, as its contents would be more like interesting background information, although reading through them might aid your understanding of what comes, especially if you are new to Linux entirely.

Before you Begin

These pages are meant largely for an audience unfamiliar with Linux, so it makes sense to put some things into context. This part will help you familiarise yourself with common concepts, such as partitions and file systems, "root" access, and Desktop Environments. Knowing or understanding any of these is not essential, but reading through these chapters will enhance your general understanding of Linux greatly.

Installing Debian

Debian is not simple. The installation procedure is a bit more elaborate than most of its derivatives offer (like Ubuntu and systems based on Ubuntu, that are all built on the solid foundation of Debian), and might look intimidating at first. Besides, there are some common best practices that are worth getting used to. These could be useful for you later when you might get more experienced with using Linux. The chapter will walk you through the installation process step-by-step, explaining concepts as you go along.

Discover Debian

Still a work in Progress

Once you have rebooted into your new Debian system, there is a lot to discover, configure, and learn. These chapters will guide you through the basics, sending you off with at least a minimal knowledge, and the ability to discover it all for yourself.

Most Linux distros are immediately usable after a successful installation. You just restart your PC and it should all work as expected. All (or most) of the software you would need or use should be pre-installed, waiting readily. Regardless of your hardware configuration, the system will work at its best.

This is definitely achievable with Debian as well, and the installation method introduced will aim to get the most out of this, but installing a system that runs on everything including your pocket calculator and NASA’s servers without any modification, might just become unnecessarily bloated. This is mainly because so many components you’d never use would also get into the mix, just in case you’d need them. Debian offers what might seem to be a cut-down version if compared to other distros, but at least it will not force on your its developers' tastes or decisions in every aspect of the system.

Configuring hardware and installing software, learning about the different Desktop Environments, and some basics of the command line will soon become second nature, but if you are new to Linux, this is where you want to start.