On Wed, Jun 12, 2002 at 11:24:02PM -0700, Osamu Aoki wrote:

> > > I strongly recommend you to read 
> > >  http://www.debian.org
> > >  http://www.debian.org/doc and links
> > >  http://www.debian.org/distrib/
> > >  http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/installmanual
> > >  http://www.debian.org/distrib/netinst
> > 
> > Most documents you mention advise to get a cd-set of Debian for a
> > first time install.
> Are you reading English version?  I thought I and Josip had few e-mail
> exchanges and Josip updated contents to reduce this impression.
> If you find some misleading web pages, please let us know in debian-www
> or send me a message detailing issues. 
> > For someone new it's nice to know they can format their drives and
> > start all over when something (anything) goes wrong. Apt and
> > deselect are really great, but it does take some trial and error to
> > find that out.
> True. I can not argue with this.
> But should not they start with net-install CD image.  3 full CD images
> are too much.

I downloaded the first CD image, not all three of them. To answer
your question I went back to the documents I used to install the
system. There is no explicit advise to download complete ISOs. It's
either buying cds or downloading the netinstall. You are right about

I just thought the netinstall was too scary. I was using Windows and
wanted to install Debian. I made bootfloppies and mounted the ISO
from my Windows-partition. Got the base system running, installed
pppoe and Lynx and the rest is history.

Since I wasn't sure I could get anything to work (i.e. network), I knew
I had at least access to the different packages. 

In hindsight perhaps not the smartest move, everything
worked like a charm. But if it didn't it would have been awful to
boot into Windows for new software or information available on the
internet (rinse, wipe, repeat). To be honest, I would propably do it again :).

I think a lot of people who come to Debian for the first time start out
as lusers and then quickly become users. Perhaps the available information
regarding the install doesn't reflect that.


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