Follow the official instructions found in
(work in progress, sometimes this may not exist).
If you are installing a system using
boot-floppies in the
testing distribution, you may need to open a console terminal
during the install process by pressing Alt-F2 and manually edit
/etc/apt/sources.list entries, changing "stable" to
"testing" to adjust APT sources.
I tend to install
lilo into places like
/dev/hda. This minimizes
the risk of overwriting boot information.
Here is what I choose during the install process.
MD5 passwords "yes"
shadow passwords "yes"
Install "advanced" (dselect **) and select
Exclude emacs (if selected), nvi, tex, telnet, talk(d);
Include mc, vim, either one of nano-tiny or elvis-tiny.
6.2.4. Even if you are an Emacs fan, avoid it now and be content with nano
during install. Also avoid installing other large packages such as TeX (Potato
used to do this) at this stage. See Rescue editors, Section 11.2 for the
reason for installing nano-tiny or elvis-tiny here.
All configuration questions = "y" (replace current) during each
package install dialog.
exim: select 2 for machine since I send mail through my ISP's SMTP
For more information on dselect, see
dselect, Section 6.2.4.