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Re: different flavors



On Sun, Dec 01, 2002 at 11:15:18PM -0800, Bill Wohler wrote:
> "Bruce Park" <bpark79@hotmail.com> writes:
>   On one friend's system, I used the cdrom apt type and chose b2f.4
>   flavor and it was pretty slow going (swapping CDs all of the time). On
>   another friend's install, we used the net install disk, installed 2.2
>   but then later installed the kernel-image-2 2.4.18 package. That went
>   a lot quicker.

I really doubt that your kernel choice made any difference here.  I'd
say you just installed a whole lot more packages, spread over a bunch of
CDs.

>   Thus, try a default minimum install with the 1st disk (2.2 kernel) and
>   grab the rest of the debs off the net. Then install the kernel-image
>   of your choosing.

Depends.  If you're using ext2 with a PS/2 keyboard, then yes.  If you
need USB or a more exotic file system, then you need a 2.4 kernel.
Which is included on CD1, as well, you just need to select it.

>   I'd be interested to hear if one can install Debian with only the
>   first disk (assuming they have net access for the rest).

You can install Debian from two floppy disks.  One contains the kernel,
and one contains the installer.  If you can get a net connection from
that, then you're all set.  Worst case, you need one or more of the
three driver disks to get your net card working.

CD1 should be plenty to get the base system installed and even X and
GNOME or KDE.  You can easily install everything else from the Internet
by pointing your sources.list at your local Debian mirror.

-rob

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