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Old 02-19-2014, 02:37 AM   #1
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Installer for Debian

Sorry for the very beginner question but I have been checking the debian homepage and it seems there are several ways of installing it into a PC.

Either the full installation, a small one or a network one. My questions are:

1) Is the full installer really that big? Like 20 something CDs...?

2) Assuming that now the PC has windows and network capabilities, how does the network install works? Aren't these network capabilities lost with a fresh install that replaces everything from windows?

3) what is the most recommended and fastest way to have my pc running debian?

Thank you for your patience and help
Old 02-19-2014, 02:51 AM   #2
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1- you dont need all the CDs/DVDs. D/ling all the CDs/DVDs is pretty much d/ling all the repos. Theres a few reasons why the full repos are aviable on CDs/DVDs, I've found it handy for people who live without the internet or have very, very slow internet.

You can just d/l CD1 (or Xfce CD1/KDE CD1/LXDE CD1) and install from there, you will get a running desktop.

2- the CDs have (most) network card drivers on them. Debian (and other linux distros for that matter) will not be using the windows software/drviers.

3- too many answers, not enough information.

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Old 02-19-2014, 04:05 AM   #3
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If you have a network connection then I would suggest a netinst installation method: You only need to burn a small CD/DVD/USB (your choice) and you get to pick what you want installed and what you don't.
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I'd recommend DVD1 if you want the full desktop install. DVD 1 doesn't just have Gnome like CD1 does (or KDE like CD1-KDE etc) instead it has all 4 current Desktop Environments so you can use 1 disk and choose from 4 different Desktop Environment installs. I personally find having 4 different CDs for 4 different Desktop Environments a pain.

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If you have a network connection then I would suggest a netinst installation method: You only need to burn a small CD/DVD/USB (your choice) and you get to pick what you want installed and what you don't.
The extra benefit of installing this way is your system is immediately up to date and you only download a proportion of what is on DVD1.


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