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Re: Why use Debian? Why not Red Hat?

On 03-Sep-99 Ron Stordahl wrote:
> David said:
>> How does zero floppy install stack up?
>> I installed my latest Debian slink from a single CD with no floppy
>> at all. In fact the floppy did not work at all, a fact I didn't
>> discover until much later.  Once the system was up, I pulled all the
>> updates off the net.
>> --David
>> David Teague, dbt@cs.wcu.edu
> Yes it can be done that way (no floppy and single CD), but with the binary
> now occupying 2 CD's, its best to boot from CD-1(most modern pc's support CD
> booting), do all the preliminary things....when you get to the dselect step
> you first do the U and I steps using CD-2, then repeat the U and I steps
> with CD-1 THEN do the A (Access) step selecting 'apt' and repeat the U and I
> steps and THEN do the C (configure step).  I am pointing this out simply for
> the benefit of beginners like myself who initially did not know the correct
> sequence for the 2 CD's.
> Of course you could skip the U and I steps with the CD's entirely, but
> unless you have a fast network connection downloading much of which is
> available on your CD's will be a lot slower than first taking advantage of
> what is on your CD's.

What I did with my system, and worked very well, is use both CD's at the same
time!  I have a CD-ROM drive and a CDRW drive.  I booted off the bootable one,
installed the base system, rebooted, mounted /dev/hdc on /cdrom, and /dev/hdd
on /cdrw, and added these lines to /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb file:/cdrom/debian stable main contrib
deb file:/cdrw/debian stable main contrib

I then ran apt-get update, switched back to the Debian Install on console 1,
skipped [U]pdate, and ran Install.  Simple, no problems.

Of course, you have to have the second cd-rom.

I've also done floppy-less and cd-less installs on other machines, by copying
the base to another partition from Windows, installing the base, then pointing
dselect to the computer with the CD.


Wim Kerkhoff              

Running Windows on a Pentium is like having a brand new Porsche but only
be able to drive backwards with the handbrake on.
(Unknown source)

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