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Debian-installer-version: Debian Sarge 3.1 Preview Release 2004 from Lehmanns uname -a: Linux racksrv09 2.6.8 #1 Sat Nov 6 15:22:37 UTC 2004 i686 GNU/Linux
Date: Sat Nov 6 14:00:00 UTC 2004
Method: Used Sarge CD to boot, partition drives and install base system, then loaded the rest via network, no proxy used but NAT firewall.

Machine: Custom made 19" rackserver
Processor: Pentium III/1000 Mhz
Memory: 512 MB
Root Device: /dev/sda1
Root Size/partition table:

sda1 Boot Primary Linux ext3 5000,98 sda2 Primary Linux swap 131,61 sda3 Primary Linux ext3 10001,95 sda5 Logical Linux ext3 10001,95 sda6 Logical Linux ext3 11564,75

Output of lspci:

0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 82815 815 Chipset Host Bridge and Memory Controller Hub (rev 02) 0000:00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corp. 82815 CGC [Chipset Graphics Controller] (rev 02)
0000:00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801 PCI Bridge (rev 02)
0000:00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801BA ISA Bridge (LPC) (rev 02)
0000:00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801BA IDE U100 (rev 02)
0000:00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corp. 82801BA/BAM SMBus (rev 02)
0000:00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82801BA/BAM AC'97 Audio (rev 02) 0000:01:09.0 SCSI storage controller: ICP Vortex Computersysteme GmbH GDT 6123RS/6523RS 0000:01:0b.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3c905B 100BaseTX [Cyclone] (rev 30)

Base System Installation Checklist:

Initial boot worked:    [O]
Configure network HW:   [O]
Config network:         [O]
Detect CD:              [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives:     [O]
Partition hard drives:  [O]
Create file systems:    [O]
Mount partitions:       [O]
Install base system:    [O]
Install boot loader:    [O]
Reboot:                 [O]
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it


Booting was OK, selection of language should be different. Why can't I just say LC_ALL=C ? Oh and of course I need support for my German keyboard with umlauts. They don't work out-of-the-box (can't type them at console). Time zone selection: UTC should appear in first dialogue. Installer complains about not being able to access security updates at http://blah/blah - why is there no check beforehand if you have internet access at all / if network i-faces are working? This is ridiculous. If an ethernet device is found, setup should automatically use DHCP to configure it. If it fails - prompt user to manually input IP/netmask/etc. Networking is the most important thing right after a working kernel! It also would be appreciated if an /etc/apt/sources.list could be generated with a nifty console tool right after installation so that I can choose which distro etc and it'll do it all for me. I created my sources.list by hand from scratch, which is no big deal but what if there are changes I am not aware of? Or is there a package that will do the trick? Please enlighten me. Otherwise fine linux distro, I love it for servers and it's nice for desktops, too but I find that an "apt-get install kde" installs too much crap and not the really important packages to actually run X at all! Also, why am I not being asked whether I wish a graphical login or not after the X installation? I do NOT want it by default but it just makes it so and where is the shutdown button? Ctrl+Alt+Backspace ??

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