Booting into live CD session
Before you begin, make sure you have everything ready for the installation:
- You have downloaded and burned the Wolvix .iso to CD.
- You have allocated the required hardware resources - dual boot, second machine or a virtual machine. If you
choose the last option, then install and configure the VMware Server and create a Wolvix virtual machine. This
- You know how to boot from CD (regardless of the installation platform).
Insert the CD and boot. Once you reach the splash screen, press Enter to
After a few seconds, you'll reach the login screen. The live CD username is root
and the password is toor
Inside the live desktop, you'll notice the usual array: a panel with shortcuts to some of the most popular and
widely used applications - Thunar file manager, Mousepad text editor, Firefox, Pidgin, OpenOffice writer, GIMP,
GQView, exaile music player, and MPlayer video player. The paw on the left is a sort of a Start Menu, with links
to applications and system functions. Right of the four virtual desktops is the Wolvix Control Panel, one of the
best refreshments in this distro, and a keyboard switcher, another great idea.
The former allows you to quickly access and configure key system functions, all through a simple and friendly
GUI. The latter allows you to switch between a number of international keyboards with a single mouse click
without manually reconfiguring xorg.
The desktop also features a system monitor that can be turned off, as well as the shortcuts to Trash, Home and
the File System.
Clicking on the paw or right-clicking anywhere on the desktop brings up the would-be system menu. The choice of
application is simply amazing.
Additionally, Wolvix comes with Firefox, Samba, OpenOffice suite, a whole load of multimedia programs, including
VLC, xine, Kino, Audacity, and many many others.
OK, we're more than convinced this is the right distro for us. Let's install it. To do this, you need to
launch the Wolvix Control Panel
- third icon left of the clock. The Control Panel
(namesake of the similar Windows tool) offers access to vital system areas. We are interested in the second tab
on the left - HD-Install
Clicking on the tab will open a number of choices before you:
allows you to install your system with the widest range of
is a minimalistic, quick & dirty install with some of the
options hidden from the users and automatically chosen. This kind of install is recommended for people who have
absolutely no time or desire to dedicate to the just slightly more complicated Full Install.
allows you to install Wolvix to a portable device.
allows you to create a bootable diskette (for rescue operations, for
allows you to install or restore GRUB. This can be very handy for
maintenance or rescue operations.
We'll select Full Install
This will start the Hard Disk Installer.
Believe it or not, this is the whole of installer. A single window, with all the options that are needed! Let's
review the 6 items listed:
1. Boot device:
This specifies the device that shall be booted. For people with a single hard disk, this is a trivial matter. For
people with more than one hard disk, it's the matter of choosing the right one.
2. Root partition:
Currently, we don't have one. Our hard disk is empty. For that purpose, we will launch GParted
, a excellent and friendly partitioning program and prepare our hard disk for
3. Optional: /home
The same as above. We need to create the partition.
4. Swap partition
Again, the same rules apply.
Most Linux users will opt for ext3
(a journaled ext2).
6. Install GRUB
We will install the bootloader; by default, it will be placed into the MBR of the boot device (specified by
As you can see, it's rather trivial really. All of the options concern the partitioning and the bootloader. Now,
we shall launch GParted
and prepare the hard disk for installation. Once this stage
is done, all that remains is to click on 7
. Start Install to complete the
procedure. Furthermore, you may notice that all of the explanations I have written above are detailed inside the
Can't get any better than that!
GParted has the same familiar interface you have seen in most of my tutorials. I will not linger too much
here. Briefly, I'm doing what I always do - create three partitions - root, home and swap.
And this is the final layout:
Now, exit GParted. In the Hard Disk installer, use the drop-down menus for 1-5 to select the relevant devices,
partitions and the filesystem. When you're ready, hit Start Install
You will be warned about formatting the home partition. If it's not empty and you wish to preserve it, do not
format it. However, since we have just created it, we can safely format it.