Linked by Dedoimedo on Thu 17th Mar 2011 23:17 UTC
Debian and its clones Writing about Debian is not a simple thing. You know it's the giant that has spawned pretty much every other distro out there. It's almost like a Roman Empire, almost a taboo. Furthermore, it's not a desktop distro per se. It's more sort of a template you use to build your platform. It's also a SOHO server distro, therefore it more fits into the business category, comparable to CentOS and similar.
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by fizzled on Fri 18th Mar 2011 04:36 UTC
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What to do, what to do?

Do a minimal install using the netinst iso. Use aptitude to install whatever applications you need. It's not rocket science.

If you anticipate being in a place with limited or no internet connectivity, download (or order) the CD/DVD set so you can install any application without needing internet access.

Debian installation - Nothing has changed

That means that you don't need to learn anything new to keep using it.

Network configuration - A lesson is SM

It's better to just skip this step unless you have a good reason not to. It's faster to just do the minimal install and then configure network and repos later.

By the way-- I thought 'nothing changed' in the installer. The screenshot looks like something done in GTK.

Long and boring

Is this guy serious? How is the installer supposed to know how I want my machine partitioned? Should it just guess?

Igor Ljubuncic, since you seem to think the installer can just choose without my intervention, I'm asking you personally-- how should the Debian installer partition the two 9 GB hard drives in my SparcStation 20, and what filesystems and mount options should be used?

Using Debian - Boom, headshot!

No screenshot application or application that guesses at how I want to configure my network interfaces? Less pointless crap to installed. Sounds like a feature to me.


There are plenty of distros out there that only run on x86 machines, require a mouse to install, and install a whole bunch of buggy unnecessary crap without even asking you. Thankfully Debian isn't one of them.

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