Re: testing group -- please test the documentation (PART 2 of 2)
> <sect>Decide Your Installation Type
> Decide what type of machine you are creating. This will determine
> disk space requirements and affect your partitioning scheme.
> If you are not installing from CDs this also can make downloading
> easier. E.g. X-section in archive is fairly large, but can be
> skipped on many machines not used as personal workstations.
I would like to add this section; however, it's basically useless
unless I can provide actual total and /usr partition sizes when using
the base profile. I.e., I don't want to ask them to plan but then not
provide the user with the data to plan with.
> You should also decide how you are going to make various
> parts of installation material available to your machine.
This is already discussed in 5.2 "Choosing Your Installation Media";
that probably wasn't there when you wrote your mods.
> It can be helpful to collect a list of your PC setup: interrupts
> IO ports, memory areas and DMA channels used by various cards.
> This is always a good thin to have, but might be especially
> handy when installing new OS.
Not really sure why this is necessary; you can get this info from w/in
Linux more than without it.
> There should be somewhere a summary of where first stages (boot-floppies
> and base) can reside and how they can be booted. Section 5 has the
> info, but the summary should be written.
5.1 Introduction (to the Chapter Methods for Installing Debian)
> Expanded memory is older specification from the time when MS
You mean IBM?
> thought that not many would need more than 640K of memory.
> It is based on bank switching and is slow and incompatible
> with 32 bit linear addressing Linux uses.
> This is what I seem to remember from days long past, wonder if it is
Well, I don't think we need to add this .. it already says don't use
> I had a problem in Debian 1.3 with Intel P150. Installation boot
> hung at the end of kernel decompression unless I disabled cache.
> Probably something to do with image size, since boot disks with
> installed kernels booted normally.
Woah, a lot of people have that problem! Which cache settings did you
change? Just the stuff mentioned in the document already?
> Probably should explain some of the following:
> - primary partitiona, extended partitions, logical partitions
> MBR, partition table
> - booting off 2nd etc. HD
> - partition types & W98 (FAT16, FAT32, VFAT)
Ugh! Probably should. Stubbed out a new section, <sect>Other Gotchas in x86
Again, thanks for so many useful suggesstions. Remember I only
mention here the changes you made that I took issue with. The great
majority of your material was integrated.
.....Adam Di Carlo....adam@onShore.com.....<URL:http://www.onShore.com/>