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I''m using redhat 8.0, but I''m interested in trying out other distributions. I am running on a 56k here, so downloading the full 8 ISOs for debian isnt going to work, nor the 4 for the full slackware. First: what do I need to download to be able to install debian with very basic functionality (and XF86 and gnome)? And what for slackware? What''s the best way to go about downloading these?

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You can purchase cheap CD-ROM's online with the ISO's burned onto them. One site that I know about off-hand is CheapBytes.com.

When using Debian for a desktop system, it's ever updating (because you'd probably be using testing or unstable for the almost up-to-date software). So, don't waste time downloading many ISO's for Debian. Download a minimal network install and do the installation over a network (probably your internet connection in your case). Of course, it's best to have a quick connection for this.

Edit: spelling

[edited by - Null and Void on December 6, 2002 11:51:14 PM]

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With Debian, you don''t need to have a bunch of ISOs.
I installed all of my Debian machines with a floppy.
Debian has apt which allows you to install from the network on demand.

Let''s say you install your base system. You want an editor. The base install won''t have nano.
So with root access, you do:
apt-get install nano

And it grabs all of the dependencies with it.
Also, security updates are done that way too.
apt-get update // To grab updated packages
apt-get upgrade // To install those, and remove older packages

It might be frustrating if you tend to expect that everything exists out of the box, but that is how Debian works. Technically apt could point to some CDROMs, but the network install is nice. Maybe not for a 56k connection though, but if you don''t mind waiting for a few hours...

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