[ale] Debian. Grr.

Greg runman at speedfactory.net
Sun Feb 22 10:40:39 EST 2004

Download and try Libranet (the free version).  I am in the middle of a
massive switch to Debian and I am stuck by the ease of installation and
Libranet has the easiest install. I mean I am awestruck.  Much easier than
the plain vanilla install.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: ale-bounces at ale.org [mailto:ale-bounces at ale.org]On Behalf Of Jim
> Popovitch
> Sent: Sunday, February 22, 2004 2:59 AM
> To: Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts
> Subject: Re: [ale] Debian. Grr.
> Forget the CDs.  Run dselect and config it to use an HTTP source then
> Update and Select the software pkgs you want to install.  dselect will
> "open" up a new view as you select pkgs that need dependencies.  This
> way you only wind up installing the s/w you want.
> -Jim P.
> On Sun, 2004-02-22 at 02:59, Joe Knapka wrote:
> > I'm trying once again to install Debian. My last attempt was in maybe
> > '98 or so, and ended in frustration before I even got the machine to
> > boot. This attempt is on the verge of ending in frustration, though
> > the machine *has* booted a minimal Debian system from the HD.
> >
> > The main problem I'm having is that "tasksel" and "dselect" seem to be
> > user-unfriendly in the extreme.  So far I have not gotten "apt" to
> > install *anything* but the minimal system. I boot the machine, run
> > "base-config", and then I have to sit in front of the machine swapping
> > CDs (*seven* of them) while it "scans them for index files"
> > (presumably to figure out which packages are on which disks), taking
> > about a minute per disk to do so. This is just enough time for me to
> > get distracted by something else, so it probably amounts to more like
> > five minutes per disk.  It may not be the case that I must sit through
> > the "scanning" process every time I run "base-config", but I see no
> > indication that it's *not* a requirement, so I don't feel safe
> > skipping this.  Then I get into tasksel and/or dselect, and I
> > invariably press some wrong key that causes it to start installing
> > stuff before I've managed to select what I want to be
> > installed. Oopsie, abort, run base-config, drat, have to scan all
> > those bloody CDs again...  It's really a drag. Apparently I've been
> > spoiled by Red Hat and Slackware installers.
> >
> > Do I *really* need to let it scan every CD every time?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > -- Joe Knapka
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