RE: network install via dialup?
From: Preston Boyington (PBoyington_at_polyengineering.com)
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2003 12:56:19 -0600
> -----Original Message-----
> From: James Miller
> Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2003 12:20 PM
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: network install via dialup?
> I'm thinking of recommending Debian to someone who has only a dialin
> connection to the 'net. For various reasons, a network
> install would be
> the best option for them. Is it reasonable to expect them to
> be able to
> do a network install over dialup? I should also explain that
> this will be
> a fairly minimal system. What I would recommend them to do
> is to install
> the base system, then XFree (using tasksel) and a lightweight
> window mgr
> and maybe browser (e.g., Links - maybe Dillo). That's the
> way the initial
> install would look, in my thinking. Other programs could be added as
> needed, via apt-get. Would this be feasible to do over
> dialup? Probably
> would take several hours, wouldn't it? Oh, and I should ask
> whether the
> install-base routine can resume broken downloads (in case the
> modem drops
> the connection or the ISP kicks them offline or something)?
> Thanks, James
I used one of the mini iso's to load Woody on my Compaq laptop. I like the
mini iso because it has a complete system and after loaded you can "apt-get"
any other program you wish. check the debian.org site and look for "net
install" or similar. The one I used was the "Lord Sutch" mini iso and now
this is the only way I load Debian on my computers. It will take a while to
download things like KDE and GNOME (if you use those), but apt will resume
broken downloads. The install will mainly take time and patience with a
dialup, but is really not that bad (if you don't mind connecting before you
go to bed).
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