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Old 03-10-2005, 11:23 PM   #1
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Seven discs for Debian?!

Hello, I just downloaded all of the Debian ISO images and they are sitting on my computer. I am burning disc 1 right now (or binary 1). Yet I'm not for sure on what to do with the other six, when I do an install I want something amazing - not just a boot, but do I really have to waste 7 discs on this thing? I'm kind of confused here. I want something really nice but seven discs seems kind of ridiculous. If need be I will burn all ISO's to seven discs to get the ultimate experience with Debian but I'd like to get the ultimate experience without going thorugh all my CD-R's (btw, discs are kind of tight right now and I can't afford to waste them). Thanks for the advice.
Old 03-10-2005, 11:42 PM   #2
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WOW, seven disks? They must be full of garbage, IMHO. All you really need are the binaries, the rest should be optional. I don't think I'd go about install all seven of those; sounds like you'd be getting a lot of programs you'll never use. I'm not knocking debian either, just sounds like a lot.
Old 03-10-2005, 11:42 PM   #3
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Don't bother ... burn the first disk and install all the rest of the packages from a mirror site using apt-get. That's always the way I do it, plus you get the latest releases of stuff.
Old 03-10-2005, 11:48 PM   #4
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OK, thanks for the info. I was a bit shocked with the seven different ISO's so I was just a bit concerned.
Old 03-11-2005, 12:30 AM   #5
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The additional disks are incase you want to install Debian at a location that has a slow Internet connection. Like others said before, the first disk is the one you need. Apt-get is your friend, and will have access to the same programs (and more) that are on disks 2-7.

One exception to my previous statement is that sometimes disk 2 is more successful at begining an install on an older computer. I have a 166mhz running as my file server here at home. Install disk 1 would not boot on it, but install disk 2 would.
Old 03-11-2005, 03:28 AM   #6
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I have good results with the Debian Sarge Net-installer. I burned it to a small 210 MB CD; it installs only the base and downloads the rest.
Old 06-03-2005, 08:59 AM   #7
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lol.. yeah.. I actually prefer to use the net-inst disc which just installs the base system and pulls the rest from online...

The official 7 discs are all packages that are availble for debian.. which is like 12,000 or something... depending on the version...

You absolutely do not need all those.. If you have a decent connection, just download the 100+ MB ISO for the net-inst and let it go... plus the newer ones like that use the 'debian-installer' which is much more coherent and easy to use than the original installation routine...

good luck
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Seven disks? If you download all of the disks for testing there are 14.

Do the netinstall it will save you quite a bit of time not to mention cds.

Index of /pub/cd-images/debian-weekly/torrents/i386

You could always just download Knoppix or Kanotix and do the Debian install that will give you a full working Debian unstable.

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Old 06-03-2005, 11:16 AM   #9
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I thought it was even 15, not 14. Some people are lucky to have a fast internet connection, but some
are not.
Old 06-03-2005, 11:23 AM   #10
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I had downloaded Debian bin1 CD a week ago and installed it. X didn't start when "start x" was typed. Anyways, I think I might need the second disc. Otherwise, everything was fine and that's all you'll need for a base system and files. The rest will be games and applications which might be totally useless. And as others have said, apt-get is use best friend in Debian.

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