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Hello All,

I am new to Linux and need some help to understand some things...

I downloaded the Debian package from the Debian website, 14 CD IMAGES... I started the installation following some tips  from this website http://www.linuxdevcenter.com/pub/a/linux/2005/09/29/installing_debian.html?page=1 

things that I don't understand:
1) the setup asked about the source from which APT can install packages... I choose cdrom and then it scanned the 14 cds I have
2) after that, I think it tried to look for updates but I had this error:
Err http://security.debian.org stable/updates/main Packages Could not connect to security.debian.org:80 (1.0.0.0), connection timed out
it tried a couple of times then said the installation is finished and u can start using debian...
two things from here: I never got to this page http://www.linuxdevcenter.com/pub/a/linux/2005/09/29/installing_debian.html?page=3 where u can choose what to install, second thing I need to install KDE or GNOME on my debian system... do I need to download the package or is it on one of the cds I got

I would appreciate any advice on this... thanks in advanced


-Dirar
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by:ahoffmann
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> .. security.debian.org:80 (1.0.0.0),
you configured a wrong IP address

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This is not a solution to your question, but a comment:

If you don't have any particular reason to use Debian, you could try a more user-friendly distribution if the purpose is to get to know Linux. My favourite is Ubuntu (www.ubuntulinux.org) which comes on one CD and installs without problems in most cases. There are many others, of course. If you need particular software packages, these can be easily added to the basic Ubuntu installation.
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Have a look at rute! Best book ever written about linux & a free download - http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz
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by:Luxana
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Hello dirar,

Debian is excellent distro, quite hard to install to compare with ubuntu or suse, but once you install it, it works.

1) the setup asked about the source from which APT can install packages... I choose cdrom and then it scanned the 14 cds I have
- you do not need all 14 cds
- just CD1 is all you need + internet connection
- my prefered installation is by using network cd, so you can install everythink straight from mirror server.  http://www.debian.org/CD/netinst/
- make sure that you are connected to internet
2) after that, I think it tried to look for updates but I had this error:
- then you have done something wrong during installation. Are you sure that you finished the installation?
3)second thing I need to install KDE or GNOME on my debian system... do I need to download the package or is it on one of the cds I got
- once you come to Debian Software Selection you just need to choose Desktop Environment, you do not have to be worried about packages just make sure that you have internet connection
- what I do is that I  install just minimum and than I fetch only packages what I need one by one, so I get full control about installation.

hope this help

good luck
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I agree with Luxana, from the point of view of maintainability Debian wins hands down on everythign else. However I have decided to go another way. I downloads the knoppix iso image, burned it on CD and installed my Box from it. After that I installed apt-get
and did a apt-get dist-upgrade.

Now my Debian box has "surived" since around 1998 ;-)

Regards
Friedrich
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by:Dirar Abu Kteish
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Guys I am really sorry, I have been reading manuals all day yesterday, and came to this page: http://www.aboutdebian.com/install31.htm where Learned that u can type Linux netcfg/disable_dhcp=true debian-installer/framebuffer=false at the setup prompt.... everything went OK after this... this is not over I am sure that soon I will have more question for sure


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