I'm quite new at Linux though I tried a Suse distribution a few years ago.
I became a Debian adept because of my sons (academic - kuleuven).
I had to start with PC's in the DOS-way, in the mid 80's.
I'm trying to get used to the way Linux behaves, and I read a lot of
reactions on this site.
I allready had a working system on Woody, that was installed by my son
(no problem with that) but I am still trying to be self-helping.
Afterwards, he installed from Knoppix with knx2hd from the
That worked fine also, and had the great advantage that my hardware was
recognized pretty well by Knoppix.
Because of the stories that can be read about the new installer, I tried
to download some Sarge CD's.
Everything works fine. The iso-images 1 to 4 of the CD's came over well
(I did not use them, however).
Also the jigdo iso DVD image-making worked well for the first DVD (did
only try to start from the first DVD and it worked fine).
On the second DVD were two missing files. This DVD became not an iso
but stayed .tmp, so I could not burn that DVD. (Belgian mirror)
One of the missing files was about the bank of America.
I also downloaded the iso file of the netinst CD (100 MB) and burnt it
With this CD I tried to install Debian on a PC with two HD (40 and 20 GB).
The installer did a marvelous job!!!
The network (DHCP) was recognized and I could choose between the mirrors
(I choose for kuleuven, of course).
The only problem I had is with GRUB, that was installed during installation.
When rebooting I got the messages:
Boot from ATAPI CD-ROM: Failure (of course, the CD was removed)
GRUB Loading stage1.5.
GRUB loading, please wait
Then, the PC hanged.
I reinstalled, but instead of GRUB, I choose for LILO.
The system rebooted and gave me a command line, like it should.
I afterwards installed X with:
apt-get install x-window-system kde (found that at
Do not reboot between the install of de x-window and kde, because you
will not be able to find commands.
I did so and had to reinstall, because I did not know better.
Afterwards I added:
apt-get install mozilla-firefox mozilla-thunderbird
When I rebooted, I got a working Debian system, with X-window, a browser
and a mail program.
Found a nice text also at www.projektfarm.com.
Of course there are the installation guides, but sometimes it is easier
to follow the steps of someone who has done the same thing that you
would like to do yourself.
Let us try to get used to Debian now.