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Re: thoughts on boot floppies



On Sun, Jun 03, 2001 at 09:28:01AM +0200, MPfeifer wrote:
> 
> hi guys,
> 
> probably this thought has ben thought before, but i searched in the archives
> for it and didn't find it.
> 
> when i installed the first time debian, i had used redhat for one year and
> still was a novice to linux, but when installing debian i was sold immediately,
> because i found it a very futuristic distribution. a really living and
> networked distro. this because of the way it installed. i was asked to
> configure a ppp-account to install parts from the internet, i could select
> modules while installing, i could interactively configure programs, while it
> was setting up my system. then later on i discovered apt-get and (you probably
> feel the same), i cannot miss it anymore.
> 
> i like the installer how it is now in a certain way, or better: i don't dislike
> it. but the only thing which i don't understand, is why do i need 2
> boot-floppies, 4 drivers-floppies and 11 base-floppies to install a system,
> when i want to install from the network. while when i use less advanced systems
> like redhat or mandrake, i have one "net=floppy" to boot from, select the
> IPadres of the server were the images are and "go".


I refer you to the installation guide at 

<http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/ch-install-methods.en.html#s-kernel-choice>

This particular link summarizes the choices for i386 boot-floppies.
You'll want to choose the flavor that has your network card built-in to
the kernel. If you do, then you only need a rescue and root disk (read 
further on down the page). 

> i am volunteer at a free internetworkplace. we are a kind of internetcafe, but
> then more low-budget and our whole network is almost 100% debian (the
> barmachine is mandrake). we have an installserver with all the images for the
> different architectures, and when a customer is coming with his laptop and
> would like to have installed debian, i connect it on the network and take the
> 17floppies out of the box, he almost says: what are you doing?
> 
> i wonder what the reason is for this. and maybe i can help out a bit.

We always need help. 

Stephen

-- 
Stephen R. Marenka     If life's not fun, you're not doing it right!
<stephen@marenka.net>

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