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Nov. 23rd, 2002


So, having found that my computer is having some serious problems, I figured I'd just wipe it and reinstall.

So, to do so, I wanted to get some new install CDs for Debian. But, having found their stable distribution to be a pain in the past, in terms of packages being old, I wanted to install testing instead.

First, I discover that all of their net install images are considered unofficial and dangerous.

Then, I learn that none of the install CDs for testing can be used to actually install a system. You have to install a stable system first, then upgrade to testing afterwards.

I am unconvinced by the utility of this.

I'm hoping that this is more a case of really shitty documentation of the install process than a case of "Debian is nearly impossible to install if you're not installing the stable distribution"


Nov. 23rd, 2002 03:46 pm (UTC)
no matter what method of install aside from net install you use, it is teh suck. mind you
debian thinks its own betas are "dangerous" so fuck em and go for it.
of course you would be having a much more enjoyable experience if you just put freebsd on that bad boy (99% linux binary compatible)
Nov. 23rd, 2002 05:02 pm (UTC)
I've always been pretty disappointed with debian documentation of.. well, everything. OTOH, I really, really like apt.

I don't think I really wanna go BSD, not without any kind of local support group... I have enough of a handle on linux that I can "make it go" on my own most of the time... I may play with BSD when I have a "development" box, but not right now.

Also, with my luck, I don't quite trust that 1% missing compatibility...

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