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Old 09-22-2007, 04:28 PM   #1
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Only "base system" option available in Lenny netinst

Hi there, I tried installing Lenny on a brand new machine from a netinst CD, but the only available option was the base system (or was it called stuandard system?). I had some troubles initially with my NIC Realtek 8168/8111 but I believe I sorted them out. Is there other reason why the installation options would not be available, apart from faulty internet connection?
Old 09-22-2007, 10:22 PM   #2
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By rights it should offer all sections. But personally I prefer doing just a standard install. Then when it boots to command line I tell it to install what I want, not a general large arrangement of stuff I probably won't use or need. Below are the packages I install from command line after initial re-boot to get a nice GUI and the essentials (for me):
apt-get install x-window-system
apt-get install alsa alsa-utils
apt-get install kde-core synaptic mozilla-firefox mozilla-thunderbird gnome-system-tools libgnome2-perl kdm
apt-get install hal usbmount
apt-get upgrade 
/etc/init.d/kdm start
The last line starts X and bring you to KDM. Then you slowly add the things you want, not the stuff that will eventually bloat your system.
Old 09-23-2007, 01:33 AM   #3
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Hey, thanks! I've noticed that the desktop option installs a lot of stuff that I don't need, but I never had the courage to try installing only the packages I need. Now might be the right time

Oh, may I ask why do you use gnome-system-tools? Are they significantly better than the kde kontrol center?


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