Debian 9 RT KernelΒΆ

Go to the Debian Download Page and drill down to the latest version of the nonfree amd64 iso-cd netinst.iso and download that.

  • Burn to a CD or DVD
  • If you have a PCI Ethernet card remove it, setup with the onboard LAN only
  • Boot from the CD or DVD
  • Select Graphical Install
  • Do Not enter a Root Password! Just hit enter
  • Debian desktop environment, Mate, SSH server, standard system utilities

For auto login to Debian 9 open a terminal:

sudo nano /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

Uncomment the following and add your user name, be sure to scroll far enough down to get past the comments sections.:


CTRL X and yes to save and exit.

Go to System > Admininstration > Synaptic Package Manager and search for linux-image and install linux-image- or later rt image. Make sure the description says PREEMPT_RT. Click on the box and select Mark for installation then click on Apply.

Reboot the pc in a terminal type uname -a it should report back PREEMPT RT:

uname -a
Linux d9-uspace 4.9.0-7-rt-amd64 #1 SMP PREEMPT RT Debian 4.9.82-1+deb9u3 (2018-03-02) x86_64 GNU/Linux

If your going to be programming or using the QtPyVCP Virtual Control Panel add the following

sudo apt-get install git-core git-gui make gcc python-pip

Configure the network adapter to work with an ethernet card

To find the ethernet adapter name:

ip link show or ip a

To setup a static IP address edit /etc/network/interfaces file:

sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces

auto enp0s25 << change to match your interface name
        iface enp0s25 inet static

shutdown and install a second LAN card if you need to connect to the internet

To add right click open in terminal to caja:

sudo apt-get install caja-open-terminal

To be able to edit the menu add mozo:

sudo apt-get install mozo

You will find it in System > Control Center > Main Menu

To be able to tweak the desktop to you liking (delete icons etc) add Mate Tweak

sudo apt-get install mate-tweak

You can add it to the menu with mozo or run from the command line.

To have open programs start back up after a shutdown go to

System > Preferences > Personal > Startup Applications
On the Options tab select
Automaticlly remember running applications when logging out