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hiow many dvd-disk to boot debian and use thy servers?
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by:torimar
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It's not quite clear what you actually wish to know.

Debian 6 Squeeze comes in 8 DVDs, but only the first DVD is actually required for installing a basic system. The other DVDs contains additional software which you may also download and install via software management once the system is running.

Get the first DVD from here: http://www.debian.org/CD/http-ftp/
and refer to this installation guide: http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/installmanual
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by:systan
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Ok;
Are you sure with only 1 dvd? you can boot debian Linux then use some servers like http dns mail ftp?, and also a gUi login is valid?


thanks
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by:torimar
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Yes, I am pretty certain, although I haven't come around to installing 6.0 yet. But with previous versions I never downloaded more than 1 DVD, and I remember to have read that the Debian team even asks you to only download additional DVDs if you really know you will need them (they produced 300 different iso images and are desperate to save some bandwidth).

But in fact, you do not even need that first DVD. It will contain a lot of software that is not required on servers, like all the desktop productivity suites. So if you are after a small download, only get the netinst.iso for your architecture. Then use it to install via the internet; only the packages you actually need will be downloaded and installed. Make sure you select the 'Gnome desktop' and 'Basic server'.
Here's a guide for netinstall: http://www.debian.org/CD/netinst/
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Found it in the FAQ again:

"Which of the numerous images should I download? Do I need all of them?

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Furthermore, in most cases it is not necessary to download all of the images for your architecture. The packages are sorted by popularity: The first CD/DVD contains the installation system and the most popular packages. The second one contains slightly less popular ones, the third one even less popular ones, etc. You will probably only need the first DVD (or the first two CDs) unless you have very special requirements. (And in case you happen to need a package later on which is not on one of the CDs/DVDs you downloaded, you can always install that package directly from the Internet.)"

http://www.debian.org/CD/faq/#which-cd
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thank you
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