Installing PCLinuxOS - Page 2

Beginning installation & partitioning

After having read my SUSE and Kubuntu articles, you should be familiar with the KDE environment. Therefore, I'll skip an introduction and start the installation.

Although PCLinuxOS uses the KDE, which is a single-click desktop by default, in this instance, the double-click is necessary to make things work. It is obvious that this small, simple change is meant to put new Windows converts at ease.

Double click on the Install PCLinuxOS icon to begin. The Draklive wizard will pop up and guide you through the installation.

PCLinuxOS begin install

First, you must chose the type of hard drive that you want to install PCLinuxOS.

PCLinuxOS hard drive type


Now comes the crucial issue of partitioning. I have most thoroughly covered the partitioning section in all of my other tutorials. Furthermore, the partitioning in PCLinuxOS is virtually identical to that in Mandriva. Please accept my humble laziness and refer to the Installing Mandriva Linux - Page 2 for extra details, should you require help.

What I'm going to do?

Well, as always, I will custom-partition the hard disk. I like to partition the hard disks in the following order - swap, root and home, with root and home formatted in ext3 filesystem.

Alternatively, you can simply use the free space and let the wizard make the choices automatically. Be very careful if you have more than one hard disk, if the hard disks are not empty or if you dual, triple or multi-boot with other operating systems. All of these issues have been extensively covered already.

PCLinuxOS custom partitioning

First, you will be asked to backup your data. Since our hard disk is empty, we can proceed.

PCLinuxOS backup message

It's time to create partitions. You can choose Auto allocate if you are not comfortable with partitioning. Remember than none of the changes you make will be written to the hard disk until you click Done, and even then, you will be prompted twice about your choices, so do not worry.

PCLinuxOS partitioning

Here's what I did. I toggled to expert mode. Then, I created a 512MB swap partition, a 5GB root (/) partition and a 2.5GB home (/home) partitions. Different colors correspond to different filesystems.

Note: Using the expert mode allows you to specify partition size by writing an actual number in designated field rather than using a slider to set the value. The slider is not very precise and may annoy you if you are anal about numbers like I am.

PCLinuxOS partitioning finished

Once you click Done, you will be informed that the Partition table will be written to the disk.

PCLinuxOS warning 1

And again, a big red warning! The partitions will be formatted (in the selected filesystem format). At this point, it is important to note that the Draklive wizard has a tiny glitch. In the expert mode, you have the ability to format partitions (see under Choose action in the image above). If you do so, you will not get to see the big red warning. On the other hand, if you use the expert mode, it is very likely that you know what you're doing.

PCLinuxOS warning 2

Next, another warning / message that the installation is about to begin. Click Next to proceed.

PCLinuxOS install warning

At this stage, the installation will begin. It should not take much more than 10-15 minutes.

PCLinuxOS installing


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