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Hi, I recently downloaded the debian cd images. However, I am baffled...there are 7 cd''s!! Why are there so many? My thoughts on the subject are software packages that may come with it...but if not that then what? Thanks

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There''s just a hell of a lot of Linux out there, and Debian has one of the largest centralized package repositories of any distro. Realistically, tho, you''ll only need the first couple. After that, just apt-get anything else you need from the ''net.


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While it''s a bit too late now, I advise just doing a net install for non-stable Debian repositories installations. Stable is, well, stable and there might be merit in downloading CDs for it, but the other repositories change so quickly I wouldn''t bother. I still use a Debian 2.2 CD for net installs; I suppose I should download a new one someday . If you don''t like full net installs or you''re going to setup a Debian stable machine, Sneftel''s advice to download the "first couple" and "just apt-get anything else" is probably the best plan for installing Debian.

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For most Debian installs you will probably only need the first 3-4 CDs. The Debian CDs contain a snapshot of the apt-get repository, so you can install software from the CD and not from the network.

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more to the point:

Stable is going to be basically rock-solid, but don''t use it save for a router/firewall machine, and then you will be security-updating it lots.

I''m accumulating information about net-based installs for testing.

I''m going to do that soon- week or two.

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Yeah, I made the mistake of downloading all 7 when I first tried Debian, but when I went to install I ended up doing a net install and didn't even touch the other six disks. Now, I can't bring myself to chuck 'em, but I could sure use the jewel cases they're taking up.

EDIT: Oh, yeah, as to the original question--just take a look at what's on them. Linux (and Debian, especially) includes the kitchen sink, plus a whole lot of other stuff you never even thought of, too.


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[edited by - VertexNormal on February 27, 2004 3:05:27 PM]

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never used debian, but it sounds like the "pro" editions of most other distros. normally the first cd is the linux core, xfree86, the desktop environments (gnome, kde, window maker), and normally apps like openoffice and other essentials. The second cd is usually the main bulk of utilities and programs most oftenly used (mozilla, konquerer, games like freeciv, development IDE''s, etc) basicly the other cd''s are all the utilities you could ever want/need for more specific tasks.

if you are newer to linux and want the absolute easiest install for any distro that you actually install (not one that runs on a cd), try SUSE, you can buy the version 8.1 personal edition from their site for 19 bucks and not have to bother downloading it. i wouldnt recommend bothering with anything other than personal edition, if you need more programs you can just download them, or most allow you to order seperately on cd, and personal has a ton of stuff. (3 cd''s in personal i believe)

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quote:
Original post by C-Junkie
just to clarify, install stable (you have to) they upgrade it to testing, and THEN install all the packages an stuff you want.



Wrong, I installed from testing! I installed the distro with the new installer and at the time, it was only in testing.

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