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CLI Magic: Installing Debian GNU/Linux Using debootstrap

Aug 22, 2006, 10:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Manolis Tzanidakis)

[ Thanks to lh8 for this link. ]

"Most Debian GNU/Linux neophytes find that distribution's default installer a bit difficult and ugly. While developers are working on a new installer for Debian Etch, there is a fully baked command-line alternative today: debootstrap.

"With the current installer, installing Debian on newer systems with exotic hardware is not always a trivial process. The installation CD-ROMs include older versions of the Linux kernel that often lack support for modern hardware such as hard disk or RAID controllers and network adapters. Plus, the drivers for some hardware--most notably wireless LAN interfaces--are not part of the mainline kernel, or require binary firmware images that cannot be distributed by Debian..."

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