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Sep 08, 1999, 05:32 (4 Talkback[s])
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"I remember getting my first PC back in 1989. I had been using, mostly for games, a wonderful little Commodore 64 up until that time. I was getting tired of waiting an hour to spell check a paper, so I was quite excited to get a new computer. It was a cutting edge 386/20 with a whole 1 MB of RAM and an expansive 40MB hard disk drive. That 386 served me well for many years and underwent many upgrades. I added an 80387 co-processor, another whopping 120MB hard drive (the original 40MB later died), and eventually 8MB of RAM. In the last few years, though, this machine has just been sitting in the corner collecting dust. I would start it up every once in a while to just see that it still booted and ran. After building my own home LAN comprised of a couple of Linux boxes, I wanted to get that 386 running and doing something useful..."

"Then, the other day, I got really ambitious and decided to just try another full distribution on the system. I had heard many good things of Debian but had never tried it out. I visited their web site and saw that they offered a method to install a base system via floppy disks. This looked interesting and it was only a handful of images I needed to grab. So I fired up my ftp client, downloaded them and created the 8 floppies I would need."

"I was very impressed with the entire install process. I was prompted for some basic information on the system and then off it went, only asking for disk swaps. There are a few points where you need to have a bit of Linux knowledge, though..."

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