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Re: installation time for a Debian distribution

On Thu, 2005-12-15 at 16:29 -0600, Gayle Lee Fairless wrote:
> With a speed of between 1.0 and 1.5 mbs on DSL, how long would it take to
> install a Debian distribution onto a computer with a 3.2GHZ Pentium 4
> Prescott (800 FSB), and ASUS P4P800e Deluxe motherboard?
> I would have a 250 GB Seagate hard drive.  I was thinking of either sarge 
> or etch, especially etch since I understand that the beta installer would 
> have the 2.6.12 kernel.
> Thank you for your speculation!
> I am subscribed to the digest, but CC's are fine!

How long is a piece of string?!

The proposed use of the system is a major factor here. An average
desktop workstation complete with X and a desktop environment such as
KDE will use much more space than a server installation with purely
command line requirements.

Installation method is another factor. If I were you I'd download the
100Mb netinst CD image for Etch [1]. This will boot a minimal system
from the CD and invoke the installer, which *should* guide you through
the whole process relatively swiftly (I've not used the graphical
installer but the text mode installer can be quite obtuse at times). On
a modern system such as yours, a good proportion of the time required
will be spent downloading packages. As an example, apt-get tells me that
it needs to download 216MB of archives in order to install KDE on my

Provided you are competent enough to answer all the questions the
installer asks you, a rough estimate would be that you'd have a working
system up within 2 hours or so.

If you're anything like me, you'll spend more time configuring the
system than installing it!

HTH and good luck,


[1] Available from: http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/

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