How I installed Sarge using netinst CD
Here is a summary on how I managed to install Sarge using the netinst
images available from
1) Bootet from CD using VMWare, got to the "Welcome to Debian
GNU/Linux sarge!" entry screen with the "boot:" prompt. Pressed
[enter] to continue.
2) Arrived at the Main Menu, selected "Choose language". Selected
"Choose this to proceed in English (USA)".
3) Back on the Main Menu, I selected "Detect a keyboard and select
layout". Selected the default "[us] American" as the keyboard
4) Main Menu again, selected "Load installer modules", and accepted
the default "cdrom-retriever" for fetching the d-i modules. I did
not select any of the extra udebs listed. The installer now loads
the rest of the installer modules.
5) Back on the Main Menu, with a lot more options this time, I select
"Finish the installation and reboot" on the next screenfull of
options. Next is a list of possible partitioning options, I
select "Automatically Partition Hard drives (unsafe)" to do this
automaticaly. I then accept that this will clear all my hard
6) Next is a question about boot loaders. I select GRUB, because
LILO do not work at the moment.
7) Then is the kernel question. I select the only possible option,
8) Last, I accept the default GRUB installatoin device '(hd0)'.
9) Finally, The machine is ready to reboot, and I disconnect the CD
image before I select <Continue>.
This is the end of debian-installer, and the installed system boot
from hard drive.
1) I see the GRUB menu for 5 seconds, before it continue with the
2) I get a "Welcome to your new Debian system!" message. It looks
ugly, with no border characters around the debconf dialog box. I
press [enter] to continue.
3) I'm asked whether the HW clock should use GMT. I select <Yes>.
4) I'm asked about the area of my desired time zone. I select
'Europe'. Next is the question about city representing the wanted
time zone. I select 'Oslo'.
5) Next I'm asked if I want to use MD5 passwords. I select <yes>.
6) I accept the default <Yes> regarding the user of shadow passwords.
7) I'm told about the concept of a root password. I press [enter] to
get past it, and asked first once to enter the root password, and
then again to verify it.
8) I say <No> to creating a normal user account to save some time.
9) I say <No> to the question about using PPP.
10) I accept the cdrom option regarding where to fetch packages from.
11) I'm asked about the device file to use to find the CD. I connect
the CDROM image into VMWare, and enters '/dev/hda in the dialog
12) When asked how to select packages to install, I choose 'nothing'
to speed up the process. There are no packages on the CD anyway.
13) Next, exim configuration is started. I have to press [enter]
after a short note, then I select  to have 'no configuration'.
14) Finally, I get a dialog box saying "Thank you for choosing
Debian!", before I am given the familiar login: prompt.
With these steps, I was able to get a working Sarge installation.
There were several bugs and misfeatures in the process, but I decided
to ignore them in this summary.