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LinuxWorld: Joe versus the Potato - Potato's installer outshines that of Slink-and-a-Half

Oct 12, 2000, 00:24 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"Joe Barr wasn't just trying to outdo Miguel de Icaza when he wrote that Debian's install sucks. In fact, he unwittingly picked up an outdated version of Debian that VA Linux distributed at the LinuxWorld Expo. The Debian faithful were not amused. So this week, Joe is back to give Potato a fair trial."

"First I downloaded the boot floppies from the Debian site. (Debian uses that term for the rescue floppy, the root floppy, and the driver floppy.) OK, downloading the floppies wasn't the first thing. The first thing was finding a crib sheet for guidance. (See Resources for the URL of the Debian Install Manual.) After reviewing the cheat sheet, I decided which flavor of installation set was right for me. The choices were vanilla, udma66, compact, or idepci: I chose idepci."

"You may recall that in my original Debian install, I used a machine without a floppy drive. That had to change, of course, and able to wait no longer for a set of CDs to arrive, I purchased and installed a Mitsumi drive. Except for a smaller hard drive, the rest of the system was just as it had been for the Slink-and-a-Half install: Guillemot GeForce DDR video card with 32 MB, RealTek 8139 Ethernet card, Soundblaster 16, and an Asus 50x ATAPI CD on a 300-MHz/128-MB K6-2."

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