Install Scibian 9 from

Install Debian

  1. Download the Debian 9.13 ISO
  2. Copy the ISO on a USB drive

    Plug the USB drive and identify the associated device (e.g. /dev/sda), then use cp to install the image on it :

    $ sudo cp debian-9.13.0-amd64-netinst.iso /dev/sda

    Warning this action will prevent later access to the data already present on the device. Check the device name carefully.

  3. Boot the PC on the USB drive and start the installation

    This documentation does not cover all the details of the installation process. If you are not comfortable with the partitioning tool, choose the assisted partitionning on a whole disk, with everything in one partition.

  4. At step “Configure the package manager”

    Choose “Manual” and fill the following fields :

  5. At step “Software selection”

    Get in console mode by pressing <Ctrl+Alt+F2> then press <Enter> and input the following commands :

    # wget -O- | chroot /target apt-key add -
    # echo 'APT::Get::AllowUnauthenticated "true";' >/target/etc/apt/apt.conf.d/99unauthenticated

    Then go back to the installation screen by pressing <Alt+F5>, uncheck all the boxes except “Common system tools”, and continue.

  6. At the end of the installation process, unplug the USB drive, and reboot

Install Scibian

  1. If screen freezes during reboot

    Reboot again, and when GRUB menu appears, select “Advanced options for Debian GNU/Linux”, then press <e> to edit the boot parameters.

    With the arrow keys, get to the line starting with linux, append nomodeset at the end of this line, and boot by pressing <Ctrl+x>

  2. When prompted for login, login as administrator

  3. Install apt-transport-https

    # apt install apt-transport-https
  4. Edit /etc/apt/sources.list in the following way :

    deb stretch main contrib non-free
    deb stretch-security main contrib non-free
    deb stretch-updates main contrib non-free
    deb scibian9 main contrib non-free
  5. Update apt data

    # apt update
  6. Install Scibian

    # apt install scibian-standard scibian-desktop
  7. Configure the nVidia card (if needed)

    Install nvidia-detect :

    # apt install nvidia-detect

    The execute nvidia-detect and follow its recommendations.

  8. End of the installation

    Delete /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/99unauthenticated then update apt data again :

    # apt update

    And reboot the PC.