Debian Sid on the Bare Metal (Thinkpad X250)

| Comments

Let’s install Gnome 3.16 (since 3.18 is not yet in the repo’s) on the latest Debian and see if we can get productive with programming and labs (Javascript development and Vagrant).

Download the netinst iso and burn it

The Debian installer iso’s typically do not include all drivers needed, which is a pain if you need to get an Intel nic working like me on my Thinkpad X250. Luckily, you can download iso’s which contain the non-free firmware. So if you are not morally against the act of utilizing non-free software this is the easiest way to go.

Download the non-free testing netinst iso from here. Burn it to USB since we are going the bare metal way. If you are on a Mac or on Linux the easiest way is by issuing a ‘dd’ command. First check with ‘fidsk -l’ which pointer the USB device has on your system. In my case it is ‘sdd’.

1
2

sudo dd if=firmware-testing-amd64-netinst.iso of=/dev/sdd

Boot it and install

I still needed to add some extra firmware for my Intel wireless chips. I downloaded them from kernel.org, extracted the files on a USB and inserted it in the laptop. The install process continued and bite me. I’m already working on my new Debian system with Gnome 3.16.

hostname

Since Gnome 3.16 is already eye candy litte adjustments are needed.

version

Install the basics

This is my usual first round of commands after a new install:

1
2
3
4
su
apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
apt-get install vim visudo git gitk linux-headers-$(uname -r) chromium gdebi wget curl build-essential

After that I can add myself to the sudoers with visudo:

1
2
su
visudo

visudo

So now the base is ready. In the next post I will add more details about the development tools I use.

Comments