Frequently asked questions.
Peach OSI is a Debian/Ubuntu derivative so many of the questions that can be asked of Peach OSI can be best answered via the Debian or Ubuntu web site. Whenever possible, links to those pages will be supplied below.
Get Peach OSI
How can I get a copy of Peach OSI?
Copies of Peach OSI can be obtained by downloading the disk images directly from the internet https://www.peachosi.com/downloads.
Orders for delivery of DVD's and USB sticks can be placed in case of slow Internet connection or bulk deployment via this page: https://www.peachosi.com/purchase.
How can I verify what I am installing is authentic?
To verify the integrity of the installation media, to ensure all is as it should be, one has the option to compare the md5 checksum hashes. The md5 checksum hash downloads are given immediately below the applicable download. When one has downloaded an ISO file for the installing of or for the trying out of Peach OSI, it is recommended to test that the file is correct and safe to use. The md5 calculation gives a checksum (called a hash value), which must equal the md5 value of the individual ISO. (Please note: each different ISO has a different md5 checksum file. The program md5 checksum is designed to verify data integrity using the md5 (Message-Digest algorithm 5) 128-bit cryptographic hash. MD5 hashes used properly can confirm both file integrity and authenticity. In terms of integrity, an md5 hash comparison detects changes in files that would cause errors. The possibility of changes (errors) is proportional to the size of the file; the possibility of errors increase as the file becomes larger. It is a very good idea to run an md5 ckecksum hash comparison when you have a file like an operating system install CD that has to be 100% correct. You can Google md5 checksum for more information and download many free applications that will check any ISO so that you can compare the given md5 checksum hash. For more information on md5 checksum hashes go here.
What do the DVD ISO images contain?
The Peach OSI DVD ISO is the Desktop DVD installation system. At the boot prompt, you can select to either go into the Live session with a graphical install, or do the old classical install.
Install Peach OSI
What methods of installation are there?
Refer to the Peach OSI Installation page for complete guides and instructions on different methods of installation.
Using Peach OSI
How do I install applications on Peach OSI? Why shouldn't I compile?
For the vast majority of applications that you will ever use, you would never need to compile any of them within Peach OSI. Peach OSI provides over 20,000 packages in all of the available Ubuntu and Debian repositories available in the list of applications in the menu inside Peach OSI.
Repositories and sources.list
What is a repository? What is the sources.list file?
Repositories are particular locations on the web which contain the thousands of packages (each containing programs, applications, etc) that you may need on your computer. The sources.list file contains the list of all the repositories that will be used to download packages in Synaptic and APT; it is located in /etc/apt/. Since /etc is the directory for system-wide configurations, you will require root privileges to edit it (root is your username and the password that you will need to have setup during installation process of Peach OSI).
Can I browse and search the repositories?
You can access the source code of all packages, as well as view which ones are available for a particular release of Peach OSI.
Administration: Root vs Sudo
I didn't set a root password, what is it? What is sudo?
Peach OSI uses the sudo model for administrator and user actions, in contrast to the traditional user/root bifurcation. (root is your username and password you will need to setup during installation of Peach OSI)
Meta-packages: Peach OSI-desktop
What is a meta-package? Is it safe to remove the Peach OSI-desktop package?
A meta-package is a package that doesn't contain applications within itself, but simply depends upon particular versions of other packages, so that when it is installed, it drags all of them in too. The package manager uses it to know which particular packages to install. For example, the Peach OSI-desktop metapackage installs the full XFCE desktop environment, with all the other packages that are in a default Peach OSI install. The existence of meta-packages makes it very easy to install other Peach OSI derivatives on your desktop; see below for more information.
It is technically just fine to remove a meta-package, if required, and this shouldn't necessarily cause any problems. However, it is strongly recommended that you reinstall that package if you decide to manually upgrade to another version of Peach OSI. The package manager requires those packages to be installed for it to successfully perform the upgrade.
A new version of a package I want has been released, but it's not in the repositories. How can I get it?
The stable versions of Peach OSI will only get security updates. This means no new versions of packages. The current development version will not get updates until 2 months before release. The last two months are spent solely on improving stability. You may however, be able to find the new package in backports or in 3rd party repositories.
Problems Booting Peach OSI
I installed Windows® (or another Operating System) and now I can't get into Peach OSI!
Windows® will generally destroy any other operating system during the Windows® installation (even a previous Windows® installation). For that reason, install Windows® first and install Peach OSI last. Peach OSI will not harm your Windows® installation and will install itself as a dual boot option.
How can I view my Windows/Mac partitions from Peach OSI?
Once inside Peach OSI your other OS partitions will show up as Disk Icons on your desktop. Simply double click the desired OS partition and just like any other folder that OS will open in a folder view window.
How can I get my wireless set up on Peach OSI?
The resolution of my monitor was not detected appropriately, what should I do?
See the FixVideoResolutionHowto page.
I have an AMD64 processor, should I install the i386 ISO or the amd64 one? What are the drawbacks of having an amd64 install?
AMD64 is an officially supported architecture with its respective ISO for Peach OSI and all major Peach OSI derivatives. Our Peach OSI distros do not differentiate between processors. You only need to select the appropriate 32 bit or 64 bit version.
How do I setup my video card?
Please see the Video page
How do I install ATI/nVidia drivers for my video card?
Please see the BinaryDriverHowto page.
Contributing to Peach OSI
How can I contribute to Peach OSI?
Please see donating to the Peach OSI project.