Scibian Installation

This documents describes how to install Scibian Linux on a single desktop machine.

Manual installation

The manual installation process consists in first installing a regular Debian system and then adding Scibian packages over it.

Debian Jessie installation

Download an official Debian Jessie install media from for the amd64 architecture.

Install a minimal system: when asked for which software you wish to install, uncheck everything except “standard system utilities” and “SSH server” if you need it.

debian jessie installation

If you need any assitance with Debian installation, you can refer to the official installation manual:

Scibian installation

Boot you newly installed Debian system and login as root.

Create the folders /local00 and /scratch with permissions 755.

Add the contrib and non-free sections to the Debian APT sources: sed -i 's/ main/ main contrib non-free/' /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the Scibian reposity to APT sources:

cat >> /etc/apt/sources.list << EOF deb scibian8 main EOF

Trust the Scibian archive GPG signing key by issuing this command:

wget -O- | apt-key add -

Make sure Scibian versions of packages have priority over Debian versions.

cat >> /etc/apt/preferences.d/00scibian << EOF Package: * Pin: release o=Scibian Pin-Priority: 1001 EOF

Update the package lists:

apt-get update

You are now ready to install Scibian packages over your existing Debian installation:

apt-get install scibian-desktop

or if you wish to include non-free components:

apt-get install scibian-desktop-non-free

This step might take a long time to install all the packages and might in some cases downgrade some packages.

Once scibian-desktop is installed, reboot the machine to take into account the new kernel.

You’re now ready to use Scibian !

Automatic installation

Scibian provides autmatic installation media.

Documentation for automated installations is coming soon.