Most of the work of the Debian installation is done. There are a few loose ends before we can walk away and let the computer do its thing.
This is where experienced Windows users can find themselves on foreign territory. The phrases “C drive” or “harddisk 0” mean nothing to Linux. Linux can read and write to Windows file systems (FAT, FAT32, and NTFS) but cannot run on them. Accordingly, the hard disk must be set up in a way that Linux understands. […]
Debian is one of the oldest Linux distros and has a reputation for not releasing an update until it is rock-solid stable. In the web install, a small image is burned to a CD and the bulk of the software is retrieved from the web, so that the computer must be connected to the internet. […]