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Old 11-11-2008, 06:28 PM   #1
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Question debian install question


I'm new to linux, and I've been putting different distros on some old computers of mine lately.

I spent 12 hours or so last night downloading three ISOs for debian:
http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/.../i386/iso-dvd/

Luckily I caught up on sleep simultaneously

I checked the MD5SUMS and used infra recorder to burn them on DVDs

I put the first disk in, and after fighing with hardware (glitchy cd/dvd drive) finally got it to boot and install.

I was to understand that all thee of the DVDs contain parts of the operating system, or at least additional components. I'm not complaining, but at the risk of stumbling into vast expanses of my hard drive where there SHOULD be files and information that MAY be on the other two DVDs

I thought I'd seek outside advice

Does one need three DVDs to get all available components for debian? Or did I just download like 8 gigs more than I needed?
 
Old 11-11-2008, 06:32 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ I'm afraid you have downloaded disks you didn't need. All you need (assuming you have a reasonably fast connection) is the netinstall disk - you can then grab everything else from the net as part of the install.
 
Old 11-11-2008, 07:19 PM   #3
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In fact, you really should be downloading Lenny netinst:

Assuming i386 32-bit, you want this:
http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/le...86-netinst.iso

If you want 64-bit or some other architecture find it on this page right under where it says netinst:
http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
 
Old 11-12-2008, 12:56 PM   #4
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Welcome to LQ I'm afraid you have downloaded disks you didn't need. All you need (assuming you have a reasonably fast connection) is the netinstall disk - you can then grab everything else from the net as part of the install.
For the sake of... being more straightforeward, and as well because I can, I'd rather put everything I need on this computer and then burn the iso images to DVD and load them onto the other computer.

I screwed up xp on my computer some months back (wouldn't even start in safe mode) but luckily I had three restore disks for xp where I had previously backed up my OS. But it took and used all three disks.

I expected debian to want to use all three disks, but then it spit out the first disk and it wanted to boot... so I let it, and it never asked for the others.

So if not to supplement each other, why are there two other ISOs with seemingly slightly different information on each?
 
Old 11-12-2008, 02:26 PM   #5
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It is possible to install everything from disk - you simply use the DVDs as repositories and you can increase the packages on your system. This is useful if your PC has a slow or non-existent connection. If you do have a good connection it can be overkill - the packages on the net are kept up to date so you will have fewer security issues doing it that way.

As with everything in Linux, there's more than one way to do whatever it is you want to do. So you can install from a local copy or from a remote copy. As long as you back up your home directory regularly you can happily reinstall as often as you like without having to worry about keeping copies of software.
 
  


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