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Installing Debian GNU/GNU on an old laptop

July 20, 2018 -

This week a man brought his laptop to the community centre where I help people with computer problems as volunteer. The old laptop wouldn't start anymore and had to be reinstalled. Instead of Windows, I installed a free operating system. I think it is important to tell you how and why I did it.

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The error message was right, quite literally: the boot device is missing!
The error message was right, quite literally: the boot device is missing!
Creating bootable USB-drive for installation
Creating bootable USB-drive for installation
Installing the disk in the laptop
Installing the disk in the laptop
Installing Debian involves answering questions like the desired language
Installing Debian involves answering questions like the desired language
Downloading Debian
Downloading Debian
The laptop is working again, this time thanks to (mostly) free software
The laptop is working again, this time thanks to (mostly) free software

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