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Re: Upgrading Debian

On Sat, 08 May 2004 16:24, Cybe R. Wizard wrote:
> Yea, verily, I say unto you that on this date (Sat, 8 May 2004 14:10:52
> +1200) cr <cr@orcon.net.nz> did appear within my Magick Viewing Screen
> and, being somewhat pleasantly supplicatory, did polemicize thusly:
> > Yes, sitting behind a 56k modem (or a 28k which is what I'm stuck with
> > when line noise sets in!), a major upgrade of several packages is
> > really only practical off CD's.
> This turns out not to be the case unless you are billed by the minute.
> I recently blew away my system (for something to do, OK?) and
> re-installed everything starting with a Libranet 1.9.1 CD containing
> mostly potato.  Stripping, updating to the newest stable, then testing,
> then to unstable and getting the several other programs I need which
> weren't included on the original CD took <about> 35-38 hours on 56k
> dialup. I did it in several bouts across several successive nights and
> everything has come off without a hitch.  (well, except that I am now
> back to the 2.4.3 kernel and still haven't addressed that)
> Cybe R. Wizard -wow, everything's /so/ glossy now!

OK, we now have many testaments that it is possible to build a whole system 
on a 56k dialup.    Which I didn't actually dispute.   

I just said that for many people (such as me), circumstances make it 
impractical or at least not the favoured option to install a system that way.

I could, for example, pay for a second phone line, or broadband, or get 
myself a mobile phone (no 3 in the household), thus freeing up the house line 
for my computer.   I may do one or more of those some day.   For now, it's 
simply more cost-effective for me to buy CD's.   


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