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LinuxWorld: Debian's daunting installation

Sep 13, 2000, 23:46 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"If you have ever tried and failed to install Debian, you are not alone...."

"Debian. Neophytes run for their lives at the very mention of the distribution. This is hardcore stuff -- the install from hell. You must have Biblical familiarity with every IRQ and device on your system to even dream of installing Debian. Better to stick with Red Hat, SuSE, TurboLinux, or Caldera than to risk stubbing your ego on a Debian install."

"Hey, a lot of people think that. When I saw the boxes of Debian GNU/Linux VA that Linux was giving away at the LinuxWorld Expo, I decided it was a challenge I could no longer ignore. Of course, I wasn't sure if I would ever write about the experience -- especially if I failed. But here it is, the story of one man's rite of passage and the toughest install Linux has to offer."

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