Standard Computer Loadout

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Standard PaxSpace Computer Configuration


Here, you pretty much get what you get. Some guidelines:

  • You probably want a minimum of a Pentium 4
  • Shoot for a minimum of 2 GB RAM if possible. You can run with less, but 2 GB seems to be a sweet spot
  • If you have more RAM, so much the better.
  • Probably want a minimum of 40 GB hard drive to give you room to grow. With most computers that are being donated, you generally get a lot more than that.
  • Onboard video is normally sufficient unless you are going to need a dedicated GPU for gaming or the like

OS Software

  • Current standard PaxSpace distro is Debian 8 (8.2 as it stands now)
  • If you are installing a new system, it's best to use a net install so that it pulls down the most current software
  • You can either use a CD or create a bootable USB, depending on the computer

OS Software Load

Insert your boot media into the computer and:

  • Choose Install (graphic install lets you us a mouse, but just takes longer)
  • Language English
  • Territory United States
  • Keymap American English
  • Hostname
    • Computers are named PaxSpace-Desktop-# unless there is a specific function for the computer
    • See Paul for #

Domain Name

  • No domain name


  • Manual
    • /, Primary, 10 GB
    • swap, Logical 4 GB
    • /home, Logical, rest of free space
  • Root password
    • You SHALL you the standard root password (ask Paul)
    • Do not leave the root password blank, or we will send Cthulu after you
  • User Account
    • Standard user account is member, password member
  • Mirrors
    • Choose the standard US Debian mirror (
  • Popularity Contest
    • Nope
  • Software Selection
    • Gnome desktop
    • Print Server
    • Standard System
    • If you are loading a laptop, add laptop
  • GRUB
  • Install GRUB on the MBR
  • Remove the boot media

Post-Install Configuration

Set up member account as a superuser and disable password for sudo

  • Open the console (Use the console, Luke)
  • Login as root
  • Install sudo using the following command
apt install sudo

The following command will let you add member as a superuser


Under the sudoers list, insert

  • Save the file

Add contrib and non-free repositories

  • Open terminal and type the following
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
  • Type contrib non-free after
  • Save the file

Additional Software to Load

  • Using apt
    • Inkscape
    • Blender
    • Repetier Host
  • Download debian package
    • Firefox