I bet there are lots of "how to" installation guides for Debian 6.0.
So, I have:
- Debian 6.0 Squeeze installation CD. This is CD1 from their GNOME distribution on i386 platform.
- Compaq Presario C300 laptop. The one I constantly use for my experiments.
- Great wish to test Debian. All previous attempts failed.
So, disk is burnt, loaded into CD-ROM drive of laptop. Reboot, choose to boot from CD.
The first thing you see when CD is booted is choice of installation modes. You can have command line way of installation (for geeks?), graphic installation (yes, that's for me), installation with encryption and even more under corresponding menu: combination of graphic/non-graphic and encription modes.
Surely, I am not experienced enough to risk command line interface installation, so more "user-friendly" mode was chosen.
This choice was followed by sequence of usual installation questions which you can meet in most operating systems: your language, keyboard layout etc. That is peanuts.
The stuck point appeared to myself when installation program told me that I have Broadcom 4311 WiFi card (oh, I well know that!) and asked me to provide driver files for it. Nicely, Debian even wrote filenames. But... I don't have this files. Can I live without them and install driver later, as I had already done this for Ubuntu? Ok, I skipped that step.
Next stage was a question of my Internet connection. Sure enough, I have LAN available in my house. And I (theoretically) can even connect my laptop to it. But I don't want. I simply want to install Debian on my computer. So, I decided not to activate my LAN at that point of time.
And that was a failure point.
All further installation steps were quite simple and obvious.
Installer took some time to process all the files it wanted to copy to my HDD. There were ~550 packages to be installed. Eventually all was done, I was asked to remove CD from the tray and reboot.
And here is what I got.
Yes, I got my own Debian! Yes, that is first time I saw pure Debian system on my laptop, not overruled by any changes by Mint, Ubuntu or Saline teams. I was excited.
But very soon my excitement turned into disappointment. Debian I had was soooooooooo bare-bone that I cannot describe it colourful enough. Yes, there was X. I had all the features windows manager. But underneath there was... almost nothing!
- No sudo. Although, su worked. I don't understand why sudo did not. System's response to sudo was something like "command unknown".
- No aptitude. Yep, there was no aptitude. At least, command aptitude update got error message. It had been already reported and discussed in a bug tracker, but still...
- No network. Even when I (finally) connected my laptop to LAN cable. There was no Network Manager. Neither Wicd. "Classical" ifup switched on the network, but not more than that. Not much could be done without proper aptitude with...
- Lack of software. Only very basic software packages was installed. No Office. No graphic editor. Very limited administration tools.
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