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I am attempting a net install of Debian Lenny 5.0. I have an install disk for Debian Lenny 5.0 Net Install. I started an install
using entire disk (Partitioning method: Erase entire disk). I got as far as this:
Finish partitioning and write changes to disk
Write changes to disk? <Yes>
The debian installer will now format your new ext3 filesytem. After this, I entered the root password, user's password, time zone,
etc. Here is where I wonder if I did the right thing. I selected the mirror country to be the United States although I am in
Canada. I then entered
mirror = ftp.us.debian.org
proxy = blank
After doing the above, I entered this:
For software selection, leave only the Standard System box checked.
Hit <Spacebar> to unselect the Desktop Environment box.
Hit Tab then Enter to <Continue>
This is where everything froze up: A new box appeared with a progress bar saying "Please Wait ...". I waited a long time and left
it that way overnight. It stayed that way and wouldn't change. Apparently, this is what is supposed to appear:
Install GRUB in the master boot record? <Yes>
At the installation complete message,
remove the media that you booted from (USB or CD-ROM)
Then hit <Continue> and the system will reboot.
It never got to this stage, however. I wonder what I could do differently to make it work?
I wonder if Debian Lenny still has a repository? Maybe I should look into Debian Squeeze instead.
As Lenny is still the stable version, it has of course a repository and it will have also if Squeeze becomes stable, Lenny will be old-stable at that time, like Etch before. I think Squeeze is stable enough that it is not a bad idea to look into it.
I can't imagine that the choice of location of the repositories would have any effect on the installation process unless the particular mirror you chose was down at the time. I live in Italy but my repo mirrors are in Germany. No problem. Maybe try pinging the repo mirror you want from a functioning machine just before starting the installation again.
That said, if your machine is for (basically) one user and not a server with 200 clients, I would recommend you install testing (Squeeze) rather than Lenny.
Well, what do you know. It was a bad disk. I had a disk from a while back labelled "Debian Lenny Net Install". It would only go so far and freeze.
I created another one, and it worked, installing GRUB and going as far as ejecting the boot disk and saying "You can now boot from your hard drive".
I found that a lot of things were not working well in Debian Lenny. I noticed the default desktop was KDE 3.5. I then installed Debian testing (Squeeze),
as you mentioned above. It loaded fine, with the Gnome desktop. I then loaded kde-full, and it came out as the newer KDE4 version. Most interesting.
A lot more things were working in Debian Squeeze. I noticed there is no "Hardware Drivers" in K ----> Applications ----> System ----> Hardware Drivers
like there is in Kubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. With Kubuntu, I am able to install my WiFi PCI Adaptor (Linksys WMP300N), but I can't do it in Debian Squeeze.
I wonder if it is possible to get "Hardware Drivers" in Debian?