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Debian GNU/Linux Reference Guide
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Debian Reference
Chapter 3 - Debian System installation hints

Official documentation for installing Debian is located at and

The development versions are located at and (work in progress, sometimes this may not exist).

Although this chapter was initially written during the days of the Potato installer, most of the contents have been updated to the Woody installer and they are very similar installers. Since Sarge will use a totally new installer, please use this as a reference point for the Sarge installer. Also some key packages have changed names and priorities. For example, default MTA of Sarge is exim4 instead of exim, and coreutils has been introduced to replace several packages. You may need to adjust actions.

3.1 General Linux system installation hints

Do not forget to check if you are looking for a compact CD image of the Debian installer.

Running the testing or unstable distribution increases the risk of hitting serious bugs. This risk can be managed by deploying a multibooting scheme with a more stable Debian distribution or by using the nice trick provided by chroot as described in chroot, Section 8.6.35. The latter will enable running different Debian distributions simultaneously on different consoles.

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