On Fri, Oct 05, 2012 at 07:03:11PM -0400, Wally Lepore wrote:
> Hi Members,
> I just downloaded the Debian netinst.iso file called
> debian-6.0.6-i386-netinst.iso. The file is only 191 MB because it
> installs the most basic Debian system. I then acquire the rest via the
Yep, that is what the netinst is for.
> I will be installing Debian to a freshly wiped-clean hard drive. No
> other OS will be present on the hard drive. Not a Dual boot (in this
> case). I do have windows loaded on a separate hard drive but I will
> remove this drive and install the Debian drive when I choose to work
> with the Debian OS.
Debian will coexist with other OS's whereas Windows is a selfish OS and
wants everything for itself.
I would ditch Windows completely unless you know you need it because
you have proprietry software. Although nowadays there is usually a Linux
alternative. More importantly, is hardware support; make sure Linux will
work with your hardware.
I would grab a LiveCD and check the hardware works. At least you can get
a listing (lspci, et al) for further checks.
> I understand I can load a dual boot using two separate drives as I
> found instructions here that describe the set-up:
Yeah, just be aware of the Disk UUID and also where you stick the MBR.
> But unless someone can kindly convince me otherwise, I simply prefer
> to keep both OS's from ever knowing each other. I hope this method
> does not cause BIOS or firmware issues.
The hardware may require firmware regardless. That is why I suggest you
get a listing of your hardware, then you can find out if firmware is
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who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the
oppressing." --- Malcolm X
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