You don't need to install Debian GNU/Linux from CD-ROM. You can
obtain all of the Debian packages from the international network of
Debian mirrors by simply using the Debian package tools (often based
around the apt-get
package and including those that
provide more user-friendly interfaces to apt-get
capt, gnome-apt, and aptitude).
Of course, if you do not have ready access to the Internet you may
want to burn your own CD or DVD image of the distribution (assuming
you have enough access to download the disk images!). Or if you are
installing Debian GNU/Linux on multiple machines then the DVD
installation is the best option.
Burning your own CD or DVD is a straightforward process using tools
supplied by Debian specifically to build, as a file, an image of the
CD so that you can then burn the image directly to CD using CD writers
on any platform you may have access to.
The recipes presented here use wget
to download a CD or
DVD image or else use jigdo-file
to build the CD or DVD
image in a bandwidth efficient way.
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