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Re: Interesting thought

On Tue, Feb 17, 2004 at 10:41:13AM -0500, Robert@comcast.net wrote:
> Do I want to download all of these files?  How would I know, being a
> first time user, what I "want" to download? 

Um - you read the FAQ? ;-)

> What are these "Woody" files, what do they have to do with the Debian program?

Each major Debian release has a codename. Furthermore, there are three
releases which you'll see mentioned on the web pages: "stable" (codename
"woody"), "testing" (aka "sarge") and "unstable" (aka "sid").

> I downloaded the Jigdo lite program and ran it.  At the prompt I typed in
> the following (as per the example when you run the Jigdo Lite):
> http://server/cd-{1_nonus,2,3}.jigdo and http://debian.org/cd/jigdo-cd/

Ah well, that's just an example. To download the first Debian CD, you need 
to enter the following:


You can find this URL by going to <http://www.debian.org/CD/jigdo-cd/>,
clicking on "USA mirror" in the "Official images" section and then going to
"i386". i386 is our abbreviation of "Intel/AMD compatible computer". Each 
.jigdo file corresponds to one CD image.

> Is this method just too advanced for people new to Linux?

That's a difficult question, especially for me as the author of 

I suspect that Debian in general may not be for you - while we're busy
working on making everything more user-friendly, other distros generally
feature smoother installation etc. If you just want to see what Linux 
looks like, without any installation etc at all, I recommend you take a 
look at Knoppix, which is based on Debian - see 



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