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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modem users
by johnG on Mon 28th Oct 2002 14:22 UTC

I think I'm like many users: at home, I've got a 56k modem. No LAN. No cable modem. No DSL. Not even a network card.

A few weeks ago I tried repeatedly to install Debian. My Woody CD's md5 checksummed correct but still had a problem installing the ppp packages. The installer told me that there was a problem and that even the debian folks make mistakes -- try again. I tried three times with the same results.

After manually editing XF86Config so X could run correctly, I was stuck with no ppp. Back I went to Mandrake 8.2.

Regarding increasing the number of Debian users... Note that many application programmers are not systems programmers or sysadmins. If you want them to bring their cool specialized apps to Debian, you want to make it as easy as possible for them to migrate. ;)