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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debian distribuitions
by Florentin on Thu 4th Sep 2003 08:37 UTC

1. Debian distributions are also identified as stable/testing/unstable same with woody/sid/sarge - so configuring your "sources.list" file with first-type is safer because when distribution changes(that is when sid will become stable and woody obsolete) you will _not_ change "sources.list" (there is also an experimental branch but let's not go there...)
2. default installed kernel is probably not what you want, compile new one or install a compiled one(if you have a recent laptop you have to compile a kernel to include acpi - AFAIK after 2.4.21 is included in kernel)
3. the stable distribution(Woody as 2003-09-04) is excellent and has many, many updateds,check on-line for un-official URL to put in your "sources.list".
4. Debian has an excellent user-guide , check