Debathena installs on top of an existing Ubuntu or Debian installation. If you don’t have an existing installation, we recommend starting with Ubuntu, which can be downloaded here. We plan to provide a combined installer which will install both Ubuntu and Debathena, but that is not yet ready for testing.
Before installing Debathena, please subscribe to our announcement list, so that we can send you announcements about changes in the project and important security upgrades. This list is very low-traffic, receiving 2-3 messages per semester at most. You can subscribe using WebMoira (authentication required) or with the following command:
blanche debathena-announce -a $USER
Debathena has an interactive command-line installer that should be easier to use than the manual installation instructions. You can run the Debathena installer by running the following commands as root:
wget -N http://debathena.mit.edu/install-debathena.sh; sh install-debathena.sh
One of the first questions the installer will ask you is which category, or metapackage, you would like to install. The supported metapackages are:
Lastly, the installer will ask you whether you wish to install the third party software packages. This is a large package and provides all the third party software that is installed on Debathena cluster workstations. If you want your workstation to be exactly like a cluster workstation, you should choose to install this package. Alternatively, you can skip this package and install individual pieces of software when you need them.
Advanced users may wish to read our page on advanced installation options, including manual installation.
See the troubleshooting page for common issues.
If you run into any problems with Debathena not discussed on the troubleshooting page, please contact the maintainers.