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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To get your monitor autodetected nicely, and some other nice stuff:

Before typing "apt-get install x-window-system", as described in the section "Installing XFree86 - Part I", type the following as root:

apt-get install discover read-edid mdetect

and THEN do

apt-get install x-window-system
apt-get install x-window-system-core