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Re: In as little as just 2 floppies, you too can have a potato....

Michael Stone <mstone@debian.org> writes:

> On Fri, Aug 04, 2000 at 01:53:35PM -0700, Seth Cohn wrote:
> > I used either compact or ide-pci, I forget which, rescue and root disks, 
> > and with a supported ethernet card (no modules, only the built into the 
> > kernel ones), it will detect that you can do a network install of 
> > everything, include the rescue disk contents.  I think I lucked out with 
> > this particular machine, because a number of other installs have needed the 
> > driver disk, etc. :)
> Oooh, I'll have to try that again. Last time it made me stick the driver
> disk in even though I didn't use anything on it. (IIRC, it wouldn't let
> me configure the network until I had let it read the driver disk. It's
> been a while, so I'll have to try again.)

For what it's worth, I was able to do the install in just two
floppies on an HP Vectra LE with a 3com 3c905 ethernet card.  I still
recommend having three floppies on hand, of course, because you never
know when you will in fact need the drivers disk and if you don't need
it you can turn your drivers diskette into a boot floppy.

If your ethernet card is supported in the kernel, then the drivers can
be downloaded from the network.  I think it would also be nice to
mention that we have install-time support for DHCP - that is, if you
are in a network environment run by DHCP (as an increasing number of
people are these days), then the Debian install "just works".  I had
not installed a system from scratch since 1.3 (bo) days, and was most

I used the "compact" series.

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