The x86 platform includes all 32-bit Intel and Intel compatible processors ranging from i386 to i786 processors. For the purposes of installation, the x86_64 architecture, including all AMD64 and Intel 64-bit processors, is identical in function and included in this page.


Please note that the minimum supported processor is i486. This is not a limitation specific to HitchHiker, but a limitation of the Linux Kernel itself and Glibc. Should you have a computer of this vintage, and wish to get it running, you have the choice of installing an older and likely unsupported distribution, or installing an operating system descended from 4.4BSD (FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD).

It is necessary to create and format partitions in advance for HitchHiker. There are various tools available for creating partitions on Linux. While graphical tools are available, it is recommended to use one of fdisk, cfdisk or Gnu parted to create partitions. All three are reliable and well maintained, as well as being much simpler to use than one might expect. The graphical tools such as Gparted often suffer from a lack of maintenance.

Partition layout is left mostly to the user, but it is recommended to have a separate partition for /home and one for /boot (particularly if booting from EFI rather than legacy Bios). The default kernel that ships with the binary sets for HItchHiker uses the same config as Slackware's huge_s kernel and has good filesystem support, but it is still recommended that for the root partition be on an ext4 filesystem.