Re: debian, just what i always wanted.
> I suspect that the developers haven't done a full install from
> floppy onto a bare disk for ages.
I must have run 20 this weekend while testing the new feature of installing
the base system from CD-ROM instead of floppies.
The problem is that the installer is really the prototype - the "real" one
never got written. I'm working on it, and have some enhancements contributed
by Winfried that will appear in future systems.
> why use LDLINUX.SYS on the install boot disk instead of LILO?
The result can be manipulated on a DOS system - for example you can edit
in odd boot parameters or change the kernel because it's an MS-DOS filesystem
and the parameter list and kernel are in normal DOS files.
> - why doesn't the install program ask you how you want to format the
> install drive? I know you can shell out and fdisk/format it
> yourself manually (that's what I did).
The "Custom" installation asks. The "Novice" installation was done that way
at the request of FSF "to make it easier for the naive user". This definitely
needs to be fixed.
> - why isn't there any Quick Install document, which gives in point
> form the steps required to create boot, root, and base disks under
> either dos or unix?
All we have is the prototype manual from February 1995 on the Web site.
Ian Murdock says he'll eventually finish this manual :-( .
> yes, I DO volunteer to write one if it doesn't already exist.
Go for it.
> why the need to copy all the *.deb files from the .../debian-0.93/
> binary/ hierarchy into one big directory? Why can't dselect
> automatically search in all subdirectories of .../binary/ for
> *.deb packages?
This should not be necessary. I'd have to discuss how you installed the
system to figure out why you needed to do this.
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