Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Aug 2006 14:16 UTC, submitted by lh8
Debian and its clones "Most Debian GNU/Linux neophytes find that distribution's default installer a bit difficult and ugly. While developers are working on a new installer for Debian Etch, there is a fully baked command-line alternative today: debootstrap. Debootstrap creates a basic Debian installation, and can also be used for creating custom, minimal installations on embedded systems or for replacing a pre-installed Linux distribution with Debian on a co-located server."
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Great article
by lord_rob on Mon 21st Aug 2006 14:59 UTC
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When I got this thinkpad, the hardware was too new for the debian sarge installer. I wanted to use Kanotix with debootstrap to manually install a Sid system. Too bad, the version of debootstrap present on the Kanotix CD was too old to be able to download a current minimal Sid system, so it has not worked.

This article suggests downloading the current version of debootstrap directly from the internet. I wish I weren't so stupid to think of that ...

Anyway this article is a very great source of information. I will use it in the future for sure.

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