Hi, all -- I am still continuing my quest for a debootstrapping system that works; attempts in the past may actually have gotten me a real system BUT then couldn't get me going from a local mirror. I pulled down Knoppix 3.7 the other day and was playing with it and saw the knoppix-installer info and decided to try it out. I installed into the swap slice on my PC and was able to boot 2.4 and 2.6; woo hoo. I couldn't do a distupdate because Deb didn't know how to talk to my WNIC but that's OK because this isn't really either of the boxes in question. You may recall that I'm at the bottom of a really lousy DSL connection; I don't trust that it will stay up long enough to do a full install, much less at the lousy speeds I suffer here. Thus, I would like to create a local mirror for installation -- but, as noted above, that has never come to fruition. The whole reason for this [mis]adventure is the interesting server I have; it has a 4-line LCD display and a quad NIC and no keyboard, video, or CD. I am tired of the work of LFS and I want a well-supported distro with security updates done for me. I need a Linux that is installable through chroot and is easily updated because I don't want to take the thing apart and swap hard drives around now or ever. [If anyone wants to tell me how easy and robust and secure Gentoo is I'll listen, but that seemed almost as much work as LFS so it will be a hard sell.] I also don't want to take my first pass at this on the server, a fragile node in the household. It would be much better to test on a spare box first. That, then, also leads to why a mirror would be useful (I'd save myself *two* frustrating WAN installs). The test machine is a typical PC and I plan to get it installed and then upgrade it to Sarge (which I plan to run on the server mentioned above). I should be able to knoppix-installer it and then, I believe, apt-get distupgrade to fill in all of the missing pieces (how do I specify the software set?) and maybe or maybe not upgrade to Sarge; it's still unclear to me whether or not Knoppix 3.7 is Woody or Sarge in the first place (though I *think* the latter). Can anyone give me pointers on whether or not this is a sane approach and how I can expect it to work, as well as (probably in the other thread I am about to start) how to build a local mirror? I'd sure appreciate it! PS -- Does anyone have subscription info for a knoppix-installer list? TIA & Happy New Year! :-D -- David T-G firstname.lastname@example.org http://justpickone.org/davidtg/ Shpx gur Pbzzhavpngvbaf Qrprapl Npg!
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