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Old 09-28-2004, 10:52 AM   #1
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Advice on Debian version

Hello i'm intrested in trying Debian orthough i'm a bit confused when it comes to downloading the files could someone please advise me what files i need to download. I've never tried Linux before so i'm a complete beginner , i plan to format a drive on a spare comp and use that and learn about Debian. Thanks for your help
Old 09-28-2004, 12:03 PM   #2
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also read the links on 'documentation' and 'packages'.
Old 09-28-2004, 01:59 PM   #3
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Thanks, so do i need to get all of these images i'll be installing on a Pentium 111 so are these the right files


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Old 09-28-2004, 03:09 PM   #4
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Yes, those will work with your Pentium.
You only need to DL the first iso (once you got the NIC configured, use apt-get to DL any additional packages you may need).


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Old 09-28-2004, 03:20 PM   #5
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mulberry wrote:
I've never tried Linux before so i'm a complete beginner
Well, you didn't pick the easiest distro to start with. Perhaps Kanotix or Mepis would have saved you some trouble (both are Debian based but easier to install & configure). Anyway, I'm not saying that you CANNOT start from Debian, just that it's going to take some extra effort for an absolute beginner.

If you want to check in Windows the md5sums for the Debian ISO images, try this program:

One thing about Debian is that you don't need to install every application that comes on the installation CDs. So, you probably won't need most of the Debian CDs that are available for download. The more experienced Linux user you become, the better you'll know what you actually want to install. Kanotix and Mepis make this easier because they have already selected the most often used applications for you.

There's also a new Debian Sarge installer (still only a release candidate but it works quite well), that is better than Woody (3.0r2) for desktop use:

You'll probably be OK with Debian. Just follow the installation manual as closely as possible. And if you encounter problems, post them here at Have fun!
Old 09-28-2004, 03:36 PM   #6
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get the debian sarge netinst for i386. Then when you burn the cd and put it in it will say "boot:", type in "linux26". A window will pop up saying what do you want to install (sometime later on) and check "desktop enviroment" then you should be all set. And follow all the advice it gives you.


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