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Old 01-19-2011, 01:01 PM   #1
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Am going to install Debian : sperate / home partition question


Hi.
I saw on the internet , more exactly youtube saw the debian installer installing.. and .. pretty much i liked the powerful installer it has (LVM support et al)
So , i now have ubuntu , and i installed it with a separate /home partition . is debian stable going to handle that partition ? i mean .. modify the files for it's own or something.. i have lots of data on that partition , and copying from my ntfs partition again is going to take ages .. (16GB of data)

Also , when installing debian , it asks you whether what you want to install file servers , desktop environtment , and standard system . i saw on youtube that the guyy who installed it deselected desktop environment , and only left standard system . i want to have a graphical desktop.should i select that?

and also , i want to make the simple install from the first CD m because i have a slow internet and i can't download all 23 CDs i saw on the debian site .

I guess the debian stable version is 5.0.7 , right? would be the testing version better instead?

Am sorry for all these questions , but i don't want to flood the forum to make a thread for each of them.

Thanks alot in advance.
 
Old 01-19-2011, 01:07 PM   #2
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Also , when installing debian , it asks you whether what you want to install file servers , desktop environtment , and standard system . i saw on youtube that the guyy who installed it deselected desktop environment , and only left standard system . i want to have a graphical desktop.should i select that?

If you want to have a gui then yes, select this

and also , i want to make the simple install from the first CD m because i have a slow internet and i can't download all 23 CDs i saw on the debian site .

It will install everything it needs from just the first cd

I guess the debian stable version is 5.0.7 , right? would be the testing version better instead?

i would recommend the stable version, Reason: its stable

Am sorry for all these questions , but i don't want to flood the forum to make a thread for each of them.

Hope i helped
 
Old 01-19-2011, 01:14 PM   #3
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Hi.
I saw on the internet , more exactly youtube saw the debian installer installing.. and .. pretty much i liked the powerful installer it has (LVM support et al)
So , i now have ubuntu , and i installed it with a separate /home partition . is debian stable going to handle that partition ? i mean .. modify the files for it's own or something.. i have lots of data on that partition , and copying from my ntfs partition again is going to take ages .. (16GB of data)
I'm not sure on this, but if you select that same partition as your /home, Debian will modify the files. I think there's an option for keeping the data (i.e. not formatting it), but it will definitely change some of the existing config files. The data should be okay (again, assuming you tell it to not format the partition). But I would make a backup ahead of time, just in case.

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Also , when installing debian , it asks you whether what you want to install file servers , desktop environtment , and standard system . i saw on youtube that the guyy who installed it deselected desktop environment , and only left standard system . i want to have a graphical desktop.should i select that?
If you want the standard gui system, then yes, select desktop environment.

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and also , i want to make the simple install from the first CD m because i have a slow internet and i can't download all 23 CDs i saw on the debian site .
That works fine. The first CD has everything you need. But, if you prefer KDE or some other desktop, make sure you download the special KDE or LXDE/XFCE desktop first CD. The default Debian first CD is a Gnome desktop.

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I guess the debian stable version is 5.0.7 , right? would be the testing version better instead?
I would install Squeeze (testing) because Debian just announced on it's mailing lists that it will be released February 5th or 6th. It's close enough to release that it should be really stable. And this way you won't have to do a huge upgrade less than month after install.
 
Old 01-19-2011, 01:16 PM   #4
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I would install Squeeze (testing) because Debian just announced on it's mailing lists that it will be released February 5th or 6th. It's close enough to release that it should be really stable. And this way you won't have to do a huge upgrade less than month after install.
This is good to know.
 
Old 01-19-2011, 01:37 PM   #5
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thanks everyone . after i read a bit on the internet i decided to get the stable version...and now it's already 27% downlaoded... i guess ...that's good enough anyways. i don't want to be cutting edge.

ok then i guess i'll install it and use the home partition. it's fine if it will modify some configuration files.. i just care about the data... so this thread is solved. thank all.
 
Old 01-19-2011, 01:47 PM   #6
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Squeeze is the way.
At installer screen select "advanced options"
"expert mode"
It's same installer but less post installation configuring.
 
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Expert mode let's you deal with non-free sources in the installer.
 
Old 01-19-2011, 02:12 PM   #8
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what do non free sources help me for?
and is 5.0.7 squeeze?
 
Old 01-19-2011, 03:44 PM   #9
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Wireless and other drivers
 
Old 01-19-2011, 04:29 PM   #10
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thanks . errm .. i finished downloading the CD1 and installed it in a virtual machine .. i see that i would still have do downoad from the internets for the open office stuff and to have the games and other things ? i don't want to stay lots of time again to download that stuff(i need it)
 
Old 01-19-2011, 05:52 PM   #11
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Your virtual machine will do all of the updates when it's finished installing, if you chose to down load updates while installing.
Basically you only need cd1 and make selection from there.

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Old 01-19-2011, 05:59 PM   #12
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ok . thanks alot . but i guess .. debian is too hard for me right now , and since i don't really need the LVM setup it can handle for me , i guess i'll stick to ubuntu. at least it has everything on one install cd and also is a live cd. am going to keep the current debian image i have though . thanks to everyone here for helping me out. i think this thread is kinda solved .. when i decide to isntall debian i will point it to the /home i have right now...
 
Old 01-19-2011, 08:33 PM   #13
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If you just leave free space, Debian installer gives the option for separate home, usr, etc and makes default values for everything after you choose how much room it has to work with. You don't have to manually partition. In expert mode you can still use guided partitioning.
Also ubuntu downloads os as it's installing,which is how debian does it.

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Old 01-22-2011, 07:03 PM   #14
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i need to get fast debian and get google chrome for browsing the net.

is there a way debian download what i didn't let it to download while installing? i mean , the missing things , because i think it has 500 out of 800 packages for the basic install. i need it going real fast , because if not , my mom will bug me because of what im doing she cant check email...
 
Old 01-22-2011, 07:11 PM   #15
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If it has gone that far it's almost done.

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