Response: A cascading effect

Hi K! I have been your fan for a while now. Perhaps this might help you.

While I was in Germany over Christmas/NY spending time with some family I hadn't seen in a few years, I offered to help them with their computer woes. My tactic was to wipe out windows and replace it with ubuntu netbook remix. Though, my preferred flavour is debian, I opted for ubuntu as I was not conversant with that hardware. Ubuntu detected everything cleanly.

I didn't have any writable CDs and all shops were closed for Christmas. My only option was to intall over the internet, which might be helpful to you too. I installed grub on his laptop, created a menu option for net-install, and dumped "linux" and "initrd.gz" into another (not root) partition from

Replace versions with your preferred ones.

Now, it is a simple matter of restarting and selecting net-install from grub. Voila... :-)

You could have instead installed debian from

I prefer debian as I am a minimalist, everything I require fits within ½G diskspace on my old 64M-ram laptop with X, firefox, etc. ubuntu needed a 3.5G partition just to complete its basic install.

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