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Old 06-01-2004, 11:06 PM   #1
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i have been converted!!

i had tried in the past to get debian installed to no avail. then i heard about the debian-installer (cant remember how far back this was). thought it was a good idea, but went with slackware instead. slackware is an awesome distro, one that i owe most of what i have learned about linux to.

then i looked up debian again and saw the installer had hit beta 4 status and took a shot. i must say that i was pretty impressed. it did just enough to get the system up and running, let me choose whether or not to install stuff then or wait till later (i choose later), found some good tutorials on apt-get andread the man pages and off i went, installed everything i needed and nothing else. got my network running, samba, lisa, kde, koffice, k3b, get the picture.

and the best part....everything worked! sound, video, nic, cdrom get the picture

i know some of you will say that i took the easy way out using the installer, but i disagree. the installer is not much more than the slackware installer wher eit does just enough to get you started and then the rest isup to you. that what i love and that is how you learn about your system and what is on it. i used the 2.6.3 kernel and everything is running smoothly

has anyone else had success with the installer?

signed: a new Debian User for Life!
Old 06-02-2004, 04:36 AM   #2
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i used it once but it couldn't detect the cdrom/dvdrom/etc... lg drive and the network card, i still prefer woody installer. with essentials of linux you install any of them without hassle. the slackware installation is one of the easiest even if it is not graphical, gentoo demands more attention at first. there are other distros much more difficult to install.

the thing it works means for you that you didn't have to compile or get drivers,etc... this attempt can be terrible for a mandrake/redhat user, plz believe it, even the slackware install which is very easy but not graphical...
Old 06-03-2004, 09:09 PM   #3
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not sure i understand. i know with the new installer i dont have to complie a kernel (most other distros are the same, including redhat/mandrake). i know it makes for a more stable system if you do have a compiled kernel based on what you have, but i have never had a problem yet, plus i have never even upgrade the kernel. i just do a new clean install

anyway. i havent had any problems with debian and have finally choosen the distro i am sticking with (unless i get a job with novell!)


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