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Old 02-04-2007, 11:32 AM   #1
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Does the net installer include partition resizer?


Hey,

Since Puppy has decided not to work with me, I decided to give Debian a shot. Yes, Debian, seems horribly taunting, and I'll probably get nightmares, but apt-get looks awesome, and I've always wanted to try building my own system. I'm running a relatively underpowered system, so I can't use something like Xubuntu. At least, it wouldn't be too great performance-wise.

So does the Debian net installer include a way to safely resize an existing partition? If not, is there a way to do it from command.com in windows98?

Is there a site out there that has all the steps of the installer? I can't find anything useful on the official Debian site...

Also, is there a light Linux IM application that works with MSN accounts? Or will Gaim run fine on older systems?

Does someone have a list of essential software? I don't mean applications, just stuff to get a GUI running. I don't want to end up making a critical error. I was thinking about using IceWM and ROX, and then adding apps from that, like Swiftfox, Firefox, Opera, Abiword, OO.o, and others. But I also need a login manager, where do I find one?

Thanks very much,
Joro.

PS: We're talking a Celeron 500MHz, 64MB of PC-100 RAM, and a 19GB hard drive. If you know a simpler distro that would work well with that, let me know.

PSS: Do I need a seperate /boot partition? I'm going to be dual-booting for now, until I can abandon windows 100%. Will GRUB re-write my MBR for me to allow the two to coexist?

EDIT: Yeah, the Debian installer is seriously starting to spook me... Will Xubuntu be too weak with just 64MB of RAM? I could probably switch out some RAM from another PC, though...

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Old 02-04-2007, 11:50 AM   #2
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It would be best if you use a Win-app to resize the Win-partition.

The Debian installer recognises your existing Win-partition(s) and any available empty space on the disks. It also allows for an automatic partitioning of that free space, just give it a try.

A basic install puts you on a commandline, but the installer gives you the option to select packages manually. As Apt is quite smart it automagicaly selects and installs dependencies. Select your WM of choice and Apt selects the required X11 packages.
 
Old 02-04-2007, 12:17 PM   #3
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Ah, alright, thanks.

I think I'll go for Xubuntu instead, though... Debian's site's description of the installer is scaring me.
 
Old 02-04-2007, 12:35 PM   #4
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No need to. Just give it a try, you won't be disappointed
 
Old 02-04-2007, 12:38 PM   #5
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:P

I'll give it a shot if I can. I'm definately going to be installing Debian on my other PCs, too weak for much else. And it's too bad Slackware (least last I checked) doesn't have something like APT.
 
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FYI: I installed Debian Etch on a PII with only 128 MB of RAM. Just a standard install, but no OO.o, Gnome, KDE and such. Instead: XFCE
 
Old 02-04-2007, 07:48 PM   #7
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At the debian boot prompt, just type installgui. This will give you a graphical installation routine...just follow the bouncing prompts!

I've install debian on a IBM Thinkpad 233mhz with 96mb of ram using Fluxbox and its just as fast as Windows 98 on it.
 
  


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