Linked by Clinton De Young on Sun 27th Oct 2002 18:15 UTC
Debian and its clones After reading many of the posts regarding the recent OSNews story, "An Unbiased Review of Debian 3.0", I thought this article may be useful to those who would like to try Debian, but are a little intimidated by its installer. Several of the posts to the above mentioned story indicated that Debian's installer was a huge hurtle for many people, who would otherwise like to try it. I have found Debian to be the most useful flavor of Linux, so I wanted to write an easy, though somewhat long, walkthrough in the hopes of allowing a wider audience to experience first hand this stable and unique Linux distribution.
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Re: Debian installer is easy.
by rajan r on Mon 28th Oct 2002 06:56 UTC

PH, I'm not lazy. I read the documentation beforehand, before I started the installation. I made a clear inventory of the computer I was using. When I started the installation, I still continued to use the printed out howto. I finish the installation, but when it came to setting up the system - I was stump. I manage to successfully connect to the Internet, via dial-up, spent a day downloading software like KDE, XF86 etc. When it was all installed, KDE barely worked for a minute. XF86 refused 24-color, and crashed on the use of FreeType 2 (it used 16-bit colour). Deselect was hell, I never figured it out. I canceled that and just used apt-get install.

Plus, I have to spend time on the Net to actually find out what stuff means. Like who would have guess "nv" was Nvidia? (Stupid me, I downloaded the drivers later on after the installation).

Heck, with documentation, Slackware was much easier to install. Even Red Hat 5.2 with no dependancy checker was easier to install than Debian. Of course, you need to read the documentation. But for Debian, you must have a Masters degree in some UNIX-related course to understand the documentation for Debian.

Print out the documentation on using Debian, print out a cover of some scary picture, bind it with the scary picture as the cover, and it would pass off as a horror novel.