The Perfect Setup - Debian Woody (3.0) - Page 3

I want to do a network installation (that is why I only need disk 1 of the seven Debian CD-ROMs). So I choose http as method for accessing the Debian archive under Apt Configuration:

Select a mirror that is close to you:

Normally, you don't use a proxy so leave the field empty:

When asked Use security updates from security.debian.org? answer Yes.

Important: Since June 2005 Debian Sarge (3.1) is the stable release of Debian. Because we want to install Debian Woody (3.0) here instead of Sarge we have to change the file /etc/apt/sources.list now before we go on! The Woody installer still thinks that Woody is the stable release. Press Ctrl + Alt + F2 on your keyboard. You are now on the shell. Login as root. Then edit /etc/apt/sources.list with a text editor (e.g. vi) and replace stable with woody wherever it appears. Afterwards run

apt-get update

and press Ctrl + Alt + F1 to return to the installation screen.

Then run tasksel:

I want to have a minimal system at the beginning so I only select mail server and C and C++ (so I can compile sources if I need to). The other software will be installed later.

Don't run dselect (don't even think of it, you will be lost!):

For the next steps you can accept the default values.

Then configure your locales. At least choose en_US ISO-8859-1:

As the default locale I select en_US:

Then set up your ssh server:

The installation begins. At the end you will be asked if you wish to delete any previously downloaded .deb files. You can answer Y here.

When the installer wants to configure exim enter 5 (no configuration) because we will use postfix as our mail server.

Now the base system is ready:

Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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