install manual: rewriting "4.2 Planning Use of the System"
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to rewrite Section 4.2 in the
Installation Manual, "4.2 Planning Use of the System" ? I've included
an ASCII version of it here.
BTW, anyone who wants to help with the Potato Installation Manual
should contact debian-boot. You don't have to be an official
maintainer; you should know a modicum of CVS and Debiandoc-SGML.
.....Adam Di Carlo....adam@onShore.com.....<URL:http://www.onShore.com/>
4.2. Planning Use of the System
It is important to decide what type of machine you are creating. This
will determine disk space requirements and affect your partitioning
This has changed for Potato -- we need to update it. There are a
number of common task applications What does this need to be called?
which Debian offers for your convenience (see Section 7.19, `Select
and Install Profiles'). Common task applications are simply sets of
package selections which make it easier for you, in that a number of
packages are automatically marked for installation.
Each given common task application has a size of the resulting system
after installation is complete. Even if you don't use these common
task applications, this discussion is important for planning, since it
will give you a sense of how large your partition or partitions need
The following are some of the available common task applications and
their sizes: The various applications and sizes should probably go
This is a small server profile, useful for stripped down server
which does not have a lot of niceties for shell users. It
basically has an FTP server, a web server, DNS, NIS, and POP. It
will take up around 50MB. Of course, this is just size of the
software; any data you serve up would be additional.
A standard desktop box, including the X window system, graphics
applications, sound, editors, etc. Size of the packages will be
A more stripped-down user machine, without the X window system or
X applications. Possibly suitable for a laptop or mobile
computer. The size is around 140MB. (Note that the author has a
pretty simple laptop setup including X11 in even less, around
A desktop setup with all the development packages, such as Perl,
C, C++, etc. Size is around 475MB. Assuming you are adding X11
and some additional packages for other uses, you should plan
around 800MB for this type of machine.
Remember that these sizes don't include all the other materials which
are usually to be found, such as user files, mail, and data. It is
always best to be generous when considering the space for your own
files and data. Notably, the Debian `/var' partition contains a lot
of state information. The `dpkg' files (with information on all
installed packages) can easily consume 20MB; with logs and the rest,
you should usually allocate at least 50MB for `/var'.