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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If you haven't already, you can probably shave much off that install time by using some basic bash scripts.

one to copy a modified source.list, retrieve repository keyrings and any other "repo setup" stuff.

one to install your choice of packages

aptitude install \
vim less \
openssh-server \

and so on. I use rows to group similar categories of packages but the "\" lets me wrap the lines so I can read wtihout panning right and left.

one to generate your certificates and copy them in place since they should exist before heavy config happens.

one to do the heavy config once certificates are in place. This can easily be a combination of pre-modified config files copied into place, sed replacements or whatever other scripting tricks you can use to edit config files and reduce what must be pre-modified and copied over.

after all that

one to run regularily to do package updates and maintenance.

Granted, this isn't how I setup a new user but this is how I build out there system for them along with any of my own systems or servers. Makes dev systems easily repeatable and production systems quick to rebuild. It's actually faster to rerun my build scripts than to fetch the drive image from the backup locker.

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