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    2.2r2 Netinst iso by ElectricElf
    Contributed by markybob on Monday, April 09 @ 12:36:15 BST

    One of Debian's great features is that you install packages and programs by downloading them off the 'net using apt-get. Because of this great feature, you don't need to burn a full 640M of packages which you may or may not use - hence "netinst" CDs.

    This ISO has the basic Debian system on it. Burn it to a CD, and it's bootable. It will run through the Debian installation procedure. At one point, it will tell you that your "CD is not a valid Debian CD". That's allright. Just ignore it, and you'll move on to the next installation step - setting up 'apt' so that you can get the rest of your packages off the 'net. Nice and simple.

    This particular "netinst" Debian CD is based on "Potato", or Debian 2.2, revision 2. It uses the Linux kernel 2.2.18pre21, which include such goodies as USB support 🙂

    Another nifty use for a CD like this is that it's small enough to fit on "business card" CDs; small business-card-sized CDs. So you can have a bootable Debian installtion CD in your pocket... 'cause of course, you never know when you'll have to do an emergency Debian installation 😉

    You can download it here

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  • "2.2r2 Netinst iso by ElectricElf" | Login/Create Account | 8 comments

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    Re: 2.2r2 Netinst iso by ElectricElf (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Monday, April 09 @ 17:22:59 BST

    Is there a way to customize the kernel you boot

    with and the one you install?

    I ask because I have servers needing particular kernels to boot, and I usually need to recompile

    the one on the boot-floppies. I then have to

    install it by hand (well, from the .deb 🙂

    because the one in base_...tgz does not contain

    the needed drivers.

    -- Roland Mas ,

    too lazy to create an account.

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    Re: 2.2r2 Netinst iso by ElectricElf (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Monday, April 09 @ 17:41:21 BST

    Damn. Forgot to try the Preview button, and my

    email address (enclosed in angle brackets) was cut


    -- Roland Mas <lolando@d.o>,

    still too lazy.

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    Re: 2.2r2 Netinst iso by ElectricElf (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Monday, April 09 @ 23:48:46 BST

    you need to use the package boot-floppy(ies?) to create debian disks. this will download any necessary packages for base and (the one i used) needs you to edit the scripts to fetch your custom made kernel_image.deb. I have some boot floppies that support a heap of network cards, ext3 and reiserfs as well as having the international kernel patches for reading any encrypted file systems, along with lfs for file sizes over 2gig. I like to know my boot floppies arent ging to have a problem getting a machine booting in an emergency 🙂


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    Linuxcare BBC (Score: 1)
    by Anonymous on Tuesday, April 10 @ 05:29:06 BST

    The Linuxcare bootable business card has always had a "start Debian install from this CD" feature; how do they really compare?

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    Re: Linuxcare BBC (Score: 1)
    by arcterex ( on Tuesday, April 10 @ 23:47:44 BST
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    The latest BBC has that option disabled (or so the readme says) so I'd say that they differ a bunch 🙂

    If the BBC worked (did it ever? I think it did the last version or so) I'd probably use that, just because it'd be so much easier. However, having bootable CDs for deb install is something I've been looking forward to for a while now. It'd be nice if you could choose at boot time what kernel, or even multiple ISOs for different kernels.

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    Re: 2.2r2 Netinst iso by ElectricElf (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Sunday, April 15 @ 02:05:41 BST

    Ive always been slightly suprised that this sort of thing isnt made available as a zip image.

    Floppy have had their uses, but tend to be a bit small and fiddly (root, resc, drv1-3 and than base1-* ...).

    Cds, apart from gimicy business cards ones, make an installer iso this small look like a waste to me really.

    I also do use zips on linux boxes, the price is worth the convenience of being able to move 100mb around when I may want to, at one stage I had debian running off exclusively.



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    Re: 2.2r2 Netinst iso by ElectricElf (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Thursday, April 19 @ 21:34:44 BST

    anyone know if it's possible to install Debian with a modem via PPP?

    if not... well, I guess I'd better spend the next week downloading a 640 meg distro...

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    Re: 2.2r2 Netinst iso by ElectricElf (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Saturday, April 21 @ 10:25:27 BST

    It is. You do need the entire base system on floppy, so you better grab a few spare disks to complete the base install. This includes all the software needed to install over a modem link, of course including pppd.

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