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Old 05-06-2003, 08:55 PM   #1
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Questions about Debian


I currently use Mandrake linux and I think I am ready to step up to the next level. I was wondering about Debian. What is the current version, 3.0 or 2.2? How easy is it to setup i.e., how good is it at setting up hardware, does it make a floppy boot disk (very important for me)? Once it's installed, how easy is it to configure? I like how in Mandrake there is a configuration utility. Is there stuff like that in Debian? I've been using Linux for about a year now and I love it! I'm not really a newbie anymore but I still have a lot to learn.
 
Old 05-06-2003, 10:11 PM   #2
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How comfortable are you at the command line?

Or do you rely heavily on GUI tools?
Can you configure XF86Config by hand?
It's no big deal, I recommend finding the bf-2.4 floppies (4 or 5 of them) and start there.
 
Old 05-06-2003, 10:21 PM   #3
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I am pretty comfortable. I've never really had to edit the Xf86Config file by hand but I do know where it is and everything. What is the setup for Debian like?
 
Old 05-06-2003, 10:34 PM   #4
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Well...

It's usually done over the internet. It'll configure your eth0 and download lists of files from http://us.debian.org. Then you choose which packages to install (xfree, etc.) and off you go.
Do you have partitions set up already?
How do you connect to the internet?
Hang on, I'll try to find those floppies for you.
 
Old 05-06-2003, 10:38 PM   #5
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Here you go....

Try these out...

http://mirrors.kernel.org/debian/dis...es-1.44/bf2.4/

Make floppies with dd
Boot with rescue.bin
 
Old 05-06-2003, 10:43 PM   #6
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I can't resist...

I've got to plug THIS!!!!

I think it's so much nicer than Debian, if you have new/fast hardware. Otherwise, go with Debian for sure.
 
Old 05-07-2003, 07:56 PM   #7
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It's been a long time since I've used the dd command. How do I create the disks?
 
Old 05-07-2003, 08:05 PM   #8
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man dd would be a good place to refresh your memory
dd if=<name of inputfile> of=<name of device>
 
Old 05-07-2003, 08:06 PM   #9
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well, 'man dd' helps.
; )

dd if=blah.bin of=/dev/fd0 bs=512 conv=sync
 
Old 05-07-2003, 08:27 PM   #10
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Well, I think I got it but the only problem is that the debian *.bin files are too big it seems. The error I get is that the dd program can't continue because no space is left. What am I supposed to do? I want to install Debian.
 
Old 05-07-2003, 08:41 PM   #11
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Nevermind, I'm an idiot.
 
Old 05-08-2003, 01:52 AM   #12
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try a distro based on debian

use google to search for one
 
Old 05-08-2003, 10:49 AM   #13
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So.....

Did you get it?????
 
Old 05-08-2003, 03:12 PM   #14
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I was ableto make the discs but I have no idea how to install it. I got through the driver install but when it time to in stall the base files, I didn't have any of the discs. I was under the impression that it installed over the internet.
 
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Did it ask how to get base files?

You need to configure eth0 (or whatever) and add apt sources. Then for the "install method" choose http. (I think that's pretty close...it has been awhile...)
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