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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the most fundamental aspect of a Debian install
by win-jimmy on Thu 4th Sep 2003 10:07 UTC

One very fundamental matter was left out of this review. It is questionable whether the author would actually be writing about the experience of installing Debian right now (rather, might still be struggling through the installation) without the help of the fine folks at the Debian users listserv. This is not an attempt to complement them for the obviously crucial help they gave, since the author does a decent job of that. Rahter, it is to point out that an even more fundamental aspect of the Debian install is to have an already-working computer with a 'net connection so that you can participate on the listserv! Better yet, this machine should be in your home, right next to your Debian target machine, so you can more conveniently apply the lessons learned from the listserv folks. So, one of the most fundamental aspects of a Debian install is to have an already-working computer with a 'net connection! And that's where you'll lose most people: why would you want to install Debian if you already have a reliably working computer? At the least people should be forewarned that they shouldn't replace a working system with a 'net connection with Debian, unless they have an alternate to use for the tech support they'll need. Recognizing these sorts of harsh realities up front might preempt alienation by frustrated would-be installers later.