Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 3rd Sep 2003 11:38 UTC, submitted by ladislav
Debian and its clones Debian is not quite like any other distro out there. If bigger is better, then Debian wins hands down. Aside from having the largest collection of free software packages, Debian also runs on 11 platforms. But there is more to Debian than just size. Travel writer and recent Debian convert Robert Storey tackles the whole installation procedure head on and gives his report.
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nice article, thanks!
by johnG on Wed 3rd Sep 2003 14:17 UTC

He might've mentioned:

- that there's actually two parts to the install: the first part strangly-named "boot-floppies", and the 2nd part called base-config.

- the "Configure Device Drivers Modules" portion of the install can be run again later as root by running modconf.

- He neglects to mention that you should definitely skip dselect (directly after using tasksel).

Also, in the post-install portion of the article:

- he describes using apt-cdrom even though you automatically get promted for that during the install procedure (ie. you never have to actually type in the apt-cdrom command).

- He shows how to manually configure an ethernet card, when you should probably just do it with `dpkg-reconfigure etherconf' (you probably have to `apt-get install etherconf' to get this to work).

Finally, he install X but no window manager. I suggest `apt-get install icewm'.

Again, great article. Looking forward to Part 2. ;)