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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Defaults don't work for many
by george on Mon 28th Oct 2002 07:04 UTC

This article seems to rely a bit too much on "press return". If the defaults work almost everyone can install debian. The Problem is when stuff doesn't work.

Things that complicated my installation:
- My network card (Intel Etherexpress 100, by no way "exotic") also has to be inserted manually
- ADSL (you have to set up pppoe during installation in a separate shell. Of course you have to have downloaded the how-to because this involves some editing of configuration files. You need a separate how-to to tell you what to do if you are not running your own nameserver - insert "usepeerdns" in one of the configuration files - which, I believe, is the majority of the ADSL users)
- My USB mouse (MS Intellieye, not "exotic" either) had to be installed manually
- I spent 1 whole month getting sound to work (ALSA is still a pain)