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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.


"Sneftel is correct, if rather vulgar." --Flarelocke

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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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Yeah, you can download everything you need.

Oh, and don''t use Debian Stable. It''s like 3 years old.

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just to clarify, install stable (you have to) they upgrade it to testing, and THEN install all the packages an stuff you want.

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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.


Golem
Blender--The Gimp--Python--Lua--SDL
Nethack--Crawl--ADOM--Angband--Dungeondweller


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

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