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    PGI installer ISO image (BETA) for woody now available
    Submitted by robster on Wednesday, June 19, 2002 – 22:28
    ProgenyIn light of the imminent release of Debian 3.0 (“woody”),
    Progeny Linux Systems is making available to the public a BETA
    version of a woody installer based on our PGI software.

    ISO images of this BETA installer are available at:


    Note that by default, this installer will download Debian
    packages from the Debian mirror at
    We encourage you to use a Debian mirror that is closer to you;
    please see the list at:


    We do *not* recommend using the round-robin DNS mirrors (such
    as http.us.debian.org), because debootstrap may download the
    Packages.gz file from one mirror, but the packages themselves
    from several others, and the mirrors may not be in sync. This
    desynchronization can cause debootstrap to fail. (Ideally,
    woody is static enough that this isn’t a problem, but just to
    be on the safe side we recommend picking one mirror by name and
    sticking with it.)

    You can specify the desired mirror as follows:

    1) On IA-32 (i386) systems, supply the MIRROR argument to the
    “install” command at the syslinux program’s “boot:” prompt.

    For example:

    boot: install MIRROR=http://raff.debian.org/debian/

    2) On IA-64 (ia64) systems, supply the MIRROR argument to the
    “elilo” command at the EFI shell when you are using the drive
    letter corresponding to your CD/DVD-ROM drive.

    For example:

    fs2:/> elilo install MIRROR=http://raff.debian.org/debian/

    Note that this is a network-based installer; it retrieves *all*
    Debian packages from the Web, and is not a suitable
    installation method for machines behind a firewall with no HTTP
    access, or for machines with network connection at all.

    You may be familiar with PGI from several discussion threads
    here as well as its website:


    PGI is a multi-architecture graphical and text-mode installer
    for Debian. This BETA is available for the Intel IA-32 (a.k.a.
    “i386”) and IA-64 platforms.

    PGI is descended from the installer used by Progeny Debian 1.0
    (“newton”), which got very positive reviews for its easy
    interface. PGI is even more robust than its predecessor in
    Progeny Debian.

    Please send feedback on this BETA to
    pgi-users@lists.progeny.com. Please do *not* send feedback
    to debian-devel unless the issue is germane to general Debian

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    Subject: Re: PGI installer ISO image (BETA) for woody now available
    Author: rdorsch
    Date: Thursday, 2002/06/20 – 16:36
    Does the PGI Installer touch Windows partitions?



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    Subject: Re: PGI installer ISO image (BETA) for woody now available
    Author: Overfiend
    Date: Thursday, 2002/06/20 – 19:23
    Does the PGI Installer touch Windows partitions?

    I’m not sure what you mean by “touch”, but I’ll try to cover all the bases.

    PGI’s graphical partitioner supports three modes: “Entire Drive”, “Free Space”, and “Custom”. “Entire Drive” will wipe your entire drive. (If you have more than one disk, it will prompt you as to which one you want to wipe.) “Free Space” will attempt to find sufficient unpartitioned space on a disk to set up root and swap partitions (again, if you have more than one disk, it will prompt you as to which one you want to use.) You will be given another chance to select your partitioning method if “Free Space” cannot find enough free space to perform an installation. “Custom” creates a tree view of the partitions on your disk(s) and permits you to delete any partition, and create and edit FAT, swap, and ext2 partition. (“Edit” means you are able to toggle the bootable flag, set the mount point, etc.)

    If you have an existing Windows installation that you would like to keep,
    I suggest trying the “Free Space” option in the event there is unallocated space on your hard drive. Don’t choose “Entire Disk” unless you have multiple hard disks and no data of importance on one of them.

    The graphical partitioner at present cannot resize partitions, but the text installation mode
    uses GNU Parted to perform partitioning, and Parted can resize partitions.

    Also see the PGI Users’ Manual.

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