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Distros can be downloaded from many different places, called mirrors. Without mirrors the servers would be really slow and would download even slower.
If this is your first time i would recommend using an ftp server. you should choose which verison of Debian you want to install. You should choose between woody and sarge. Sarge is the current version being tested. For your first time you should probably try woody, fewer errors.
Once you have your the version pick one of the mirrors that has the iso file on it and download it.
the iso files should take around 2 hours to download each. You should try to download them all at once.
I have a machine with has mandrake already installed on it... I want to format it and install debian.
This site has many links to download.. but within these links there are so many directories... can you point out any one link with the iso files from woody? (i386,alpha, arm... so which one can I use?)
Last edited by solutionseeker; 01-11-2005 at 09:51 PM.
I was looking at the instructions and I doono which link to use: I have a normal 32 bit machine
Installation Manual for Alpha
Installation Manual for ARM
Installation Manual for HP PA-RISC
Installation Manual for Intel x86
Installation Manual for Intel IA-64
Installation Manual for Motorola 680x0
Installation Manual for MIPS
Installation Manual for MIPS (DEC)
Installation Manual for PowerPC
Installation Manual for IBM S/390
Installation Manual for SPARC
Most ordinary home computers that run Windows are Intel x86 computers, so my best guess is that is what you probably have. If you have a Mac, for instance, that would be different. I have never installed Debian Linux so I do not know the exact details.
If you have room to create another partition on your hard drive(s) you could install Debian to a new partition and keep Mandrake on the old partition. If you have a swap parition they could both share that. I have several different Linux distros all on my computer.