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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I tried Bonzai
by Anonymous on Wed 3rd Sep 2003 16:07 UTC

I am not very experienced Linux user. I have messed with installing Debian several different ways. As always Knoppix, Libranet, ect. always seem to install hundreds of packages I don't use and have no idea why I have to have them. Woody, as it stands, (for me) takes a lot of updating to bring it up to be as modern as I want. It seemed no matter how many times I tried, I always ended up with problems while trying to install KDE 3.1.*. Apt always works, but somehow things kept coming out broken.

I found Bonzai. It installs about the same as Woody (really it is woody) except it came with a minimal (what I wanted--minimal) KDE 3.1.2 desktop and a 2.4.20 kernel. After the install, I simply used apt to add just what I wanted, VIM, Kb3, CDroast, Xmms, Xpdf, Xsane, Cups, Mozilla, The Gimp, and OpenOffice. I also installed Mplayer and Real Player and few others. The base system that installed from the CD I haven't had to changed but very little. It am able to do everything I want, print, scan, write, spreadsheet, image manipulate, music, video, a few games, Internet and email.

This was a way for me to get a very minimal install and has worked without a hitch for me.

I also tried Morphix with KDE as an installer, with limited success. It actually worked quit well, but was a bit tricky at first for me to figure out how to install with multiple partitions, root, home, tmp, var, swap, usr. But, never the less, it is also a good way to get a minimal install, without the bloat of a full Knoppix.

Best of all, its Debian all the way.