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Old 08-15-2007, 01:38 PM   #1
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Two Questions: Architecture? Security?

I have two questions please try to answer both.

First; Architecture.
Official netinst images for the stable release

Up to 180 MB in size, this image is suitable for writing to small CD-R(W) media, 80 mm/3.1" in diameter. The image contains the installer and a small set of packages which allows the installation of a (very) basic system.

* [alpha] [amd64] [arm] [hppa] [i386] [ia64] [mips] [mipsel] [powerpc] [sparc]
Source: (Forums wouldn't let me post full link because its my first post here)
What is the "Architecture"? Is it my processor?
I just downloaded i386 because I was thinking "i for intell", but I want to be sure its the right one before I install.

Second; Security?
Once I get a network card for my other computer I will be installing Debain and then XAMPP, a VNC Server, and maybe a small counter strike server for fun.

What kind of attacks is my computer/network open to when I forward the ports on my router?
Should I even be worrying about security?

While I'm posting I guess I will ask this also:
Once installed, how much space on the HDD does Debain take up? I only have a 10GB HDD in the computer and I want to use at least half of it for my music so I can make some room on this computer (27GB HDD Lol..).

By the way, I love this smiley :P hehe..
Old 08-15-2007, 02:00 PM   #2
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i386=32 bit
amd 64 or x86_64 = 64 bit

The choice depends on your CPU.

You shouldn't have to worry too much about security as long as your router is properly configured.

And a fresh install of Debian takes up about 2GB. This is only software, however. Make sure to reserve extra space for a swap partition and for temporary files. All in all, about 4GB. You can install plenty of additional software but 10GB should be plenty to install all that you want. In this case I recommend making just two partitions: one for swap (twice the size of your RAM) and the rest for /.
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Hmm.. How do I determine if my CPU is 32 bit or 64 bit?
What would happen if I installed the wrong one? Like, if I installed i386 on my machine when I should have installed amd64?
Old 08-15-2007, 03:45 PM   #4
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If the PC specs are the one in your Signature it's 32 Bit

and since that's a lower end CPU you might want to consider installing Debian with XFCE instead of GNOME.

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Ok, thank you.


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