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Old 06-15-2005, 06:30 PM   #1
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installers so large!

I'm just curious why so many installation disks are needed for the install of debian? Is there anybody that can tell me what each iso image contains? I'm sure I wont even use half of them. I'm planning on downloading just the first DVD, but I dont know what is on the 2nd... Can I save the images onto my computer then run the installation off of my harddrive? I have... only 8 cdrs left and one dvdr... im not even sure if i am going to like debian (i use ubuntu, i love it... but want to see how debian is).. i just dont want to use so many cds without first knowing why i would need each cd. thanks.
Old 06-15-2005, 06:35 PM   #2
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depends what you want to do with deb... usually 3 is standard, they spread things over 3 so you need all three even though you won't use it all.

Ubuntu is nice because you just needs one CD then you can apt the rest... personally, I use Ubuntu for servers and desktops, for a base install, then network the rest.

Old 06-15-2005, 07:08 PM   #3
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The Debian netinstaller businesscard image consisting of about 30 megs always works well for me. Boot it and get everything else online. Only takes about an hour for me to have a fully working Debian system.
Old 06-15-2005, 07:10 PM   #4
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agree with the above post... one thing about deb is you can upgrade without worry... so get the minimal and apt to customise it.
Old 06-16-2005, 12:54 AM   #5
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I'll add a another recommendation for the net-install. For one you are going to apt-get update, apt-get dist-upgrade anyway as soon as you finish the install anyway, so you might as well just install the original up to date package in the first place.

If you need a hand with getting the appropriate packages installed, just holler on out, and I'll give you my initial install list ( which I am still trying to perfect) , or you can check out macondos sticky, which was one of the main how-tos that I used for post install configuration.


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