VSIDO Installation Guide


This How To is for anyone installing VSIDO for the first time or to use it as a reference on additional installations.

If you need assistance creating a USB of VSIDO, please read this How To first

When you download the ISO and burn it to CD / DVD / USB you can boot to a LiveCD session of VSIDO.  The first screen you see upon boot is FluxBox.  This guide will show you what will happen and an explanation to each step.

Initial Grub Boot LiveCD Screen

LiveCD Screen / Right Click Menu

This image shows that by Right Clicking on the desktop you can start the VSIDO installer

VSIDO Installer Welcome Screen

Installer Update Screen - Note this is always updated for VSIDO by default so it can be checked off

Language Selection

Keyboard Selection

Time Zone Selection

Users, hostname and root access control setup

Note There is an issue now in enabling root. If you do this it in turn removes sudo for the user login. There is a bug now that whatever password you give root, it will not be changed. It is strongly suggested that you do not enable root at this stage, but once you login run sudo passwd root to change/enable root then

Disk Partitioning - Choose between Automatic or Manual Partitioning

Automatic Partitioning Choices - This selection creates a swap drive, the root install drive and installs grub to the mbr

Manual Partitioning Choices

Several DropDown Choices in Manual Partitioning

Where to Install the Bootloader / Grub - (The mbr is always the best choice)

Summary Screen - This screen summarizes everything you just chose to do and confirms that it is in fact correct.   If you are ready, click Forward

Installing Screen

Installation Complete Screen Proceed with Reboot -  (Yes that IS 2 Minutes and 29 seconds install time)

Finally we reach our destination and after login the vsido-welcome screen


Explore, learn, create, destroy, and then give feedback on how VSIDO can be better

Good luck!   Do not hesitate to ask any of us a question on this process

Note - For those of you using wired connections, /etc/network/interfaces and /etc/resolv.conf will handle your Internet connection OOTB as long as your device is eth0

For wireless, there is a ceni How To here that will guide you through setting up wireless or you can use WICD which is installed and is loaded on boot
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VSIDO-Welcome script breakdown

The first screen is a simple welcome and is the very first thing a new VSIDO user sees

The next screens are first time login as a sudo user and to setup apt to get packages.. standard things for first time package management on VSIDO/Debian

Printer Support Option - If you need to setup a printer(s) use these options.  Hit any key to initiate or s to skip

Java Support Option - If you need to setup a Java Runtime Environment use these options.  Hit any key to initiate or s to skip

LibreOffice Option - If you need to setup LibreOffice, a feature rich office suite, use this option.  Hit any key to initiate or s to skip

Development Packages Option - Specialized packages for development and art development. Hit any key to initiate or s to skip

Version Control Tools Option - Tools such as git-core, subversion and bzr are installed.  Hit any key to initiate or s to skip

SSH Server Option - Installs the open-ssh server. Hit any key to initiate or s to skip

LAMP Stack Option - Installs the LAMP stack web services (Linux, Apache2, MYSQL, PHP). Hit any key to initiate or s to skip

Developer Environment for Debian Packaging Option - Essential packaging tools for Debian. Hit any key to initiate or s to skip

Image Editors Option - Gimp, Iinkscape, Shotwell, Darktable. All essential tools for the artists. Hit any key to initiate or s to skip


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Due to gtk3 issues with bash, yad and glade scripts, the VSIDO installer is not appearing correctly and can make it difficult to see what needs to be done

This guide will assist anyone who needs it

First at the Users & Hostname screen

Use the tab button one time to get to the first field. As you fill in each field keep using the tab button to the next field until it is complete:

Next onto the Manual Partitioning:

The button to format your drive is not there... The Mountpoint options are also not easily discernable

If you need to format, the button is just below the le in in File.  To get the correct Mountpoint options, click in that field and then use your arrow buttons up and down to get the correct setting.  When done it should look like this:

That is pretty much all there is to it, of course if you have any questions please post them in the General Help area
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