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Downloading the LiveCD Image
Since the gNewSense servers are very limited in bandwidth the recommended way to get hold of the Live CD Image is through BitTorrent. If you use a GNU/Linux distribution, you can handle BitTorrent files either with Transmission or BitTornado.
Torrent File Download: see download links on the mailing list.
If there are any problems downloading via BitTorrent then it is advisable to read the documentation that comes with your BitTorrent client.
The project is currently limited in seeders for the torrent, once the download is complete please seed (upload) at least one complete copy to another downloader to help keep download speeds high.
Once CD image has been downloaded, check for its integrity by typing, in command line (the filename may differ depending on which version you downloaded):
$ cd path_to_CD_image/ $ wget http://cdimage.gnewsense.org/MD5SUMS $ grep gnewsense-live-3.0-amd64-gnome.iso\$ MD5SUMS | md5sum -c -
It should output a line like "gnewsense-live-3.0-amd64-gnome.iso: OK", you can hence burn the CD image. Otherwise, you should download it again.
Burning the LiveCD Image
Once you have checked the gNewSense Live CD image integrity it is time to burn it to CD! A number of CD recording applications support burning this image to disc. If you use a GNU/Linux distribution then use either Brasero, K3B, Xfburn or the cdrecord command.
Example: cdrecord -raw dev=/dev/hdc /home/user/gnewsense-livecd-parkes-amd64-3.0.iso
Booting the LiveCD Image
Now you have burned the gNewSense Live CD image to disc it is time to use it! Insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive and restart the computer, the CD should be detected and boot through to a boot: prompt - simply press Return to boot through into the main system.
Note: If your computer doesn't boot on the CD but on your hard drive instead, check for your BIOS settings and make sure to have CD/DVD drive before hard disk (HDD) in the boot order list.
Note: For Inspiron 1501 to boot add the parameters noapic and nolapic to the linux boot method.
You should be presented with a desktop system that is basically a CD-ROM version of what you would have on your hard disk under a fresh default install. You can use this CD environment as a means to determine whether or not this system suits your needs, before you decide whether or not to install it.
If you believe the system meets your requirements then proceed to the next step, making sure to backup all data beforehand!
Installing gNewSense to the Hard Disk
WARNING: PLEASE BACKUP ESSENTIAL HARD DISK DATA BEFORE PROCEEDING!
To install gNewSense to your Hard Disk simply boot up the gNewSense Live CD and double-click the 'Install' icon on the desktop.
A user-guided installation wizard should then appear, asking you various simple questions such as: Default Language, Time Zone, Partitioning, User Name/Password etc.
All necessary help to proceed through this step should be given by the installer, please note however that if you allow the installer to edit the partition table automatically that you may lose whatever previous operating system and/or software you had installed on your hard disk previously. You are strongly encouraged to read the detailed installation instructions before starting the installation procedure.