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Old 06-09-2004, 10:23 AM   #1
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debian features?


Hey everybody,

I wanted to know what features Debian has (besides the great 'apt-get') that makes it better/different from something like slackware?
 
Old 06-09-2004, 12:50 PM   #2
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Debian is something a bit between slackware/gentoo and the commercial stuff (mandrake, redhat, SuSE) if you look at userfriendlyness. It's completely free software, all open source. It has many many many many, I repeat, many packages with it which you can install from the Debian mirrors, and which are maintained by Debian (bugs removed etc). They are both in binary and in source. Stable in Debian really means stable.
 
Old 06-09-2004, 02:06 PM   #3
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thanks for reply. How can i tell apt-get to temporarly look to cdrom to install packages? As in you can dl 7 cds of debian woody i believe after base install cd1 how can one install all those great packages from the other disks?
 
Old 06-09-2004, 02:49 PM   #4
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I don't think I understand your question, but I'll try:

You don't need to download all the 7 cd's: most common packages are on the first 3 cd's. If you have a broadband internet connection you can also just download the first cd, or a netinstall cd, and download the rest of the packages while installing. The installer will tell you where you can download them, and will configure apt-get's sources.
 
Old 06-09-2004, 07:10 PM   #5
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run apt-setup and choose cdrom after inserting another cd , repeat it for each cds.
 
Old 06-10-2004, 01:43 AM   #6
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You can download the 7 ISO's if you want but you would not need more than the first one if you have a fast connection.
Or you can just get the ISO for the net install, at the end is the same thing, you can install all with just the first CD.
During installation you get to configure apt-get, if you have many CD's, the installer will ask you to insert each CD's to scan it for packages, but ALSO you will have the oportunity to chose a internet mirror to download any other package.

IF your Xserver (GUI) does not work after install... reinstalling Linux will not solve NOTHING, is not like windows :P that would be a waste of time, what you need to do in that case is to do a PROPER configuration of the installed distro. I learned that after 12 installation in a row LOL... then I learned how to configure my xserver.

~#dpkg-configure xserver-xfree86

What made me chose Debian was it's pure Open Source philosophy, not comercial driven, and great reviews.
 
  


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