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Debian 5.0 Lenny official beta

For the last few hours today, I’ve been playing around with Debian 5.0 Lenny (official beta). The installation process has improved greatly since my last installation back in 2006, especially the graphical installation option. The graphical installer is quite intuitive — at least to someone with some experience installing various Linux distributions.

Booting the Debian 5.0 DVD.

Booting the Debian 5.0 Lenny (official beta) DVD.

Another nice feature about the graphical installer is that it allows you to produce screenshots while you’re installing. The option to produce screenshots is marked with a button called “Screenshot”. All screen captures produced are saved to your disk in

/var/log/installer/

or thereabout. This is a good thing because it provides you with visuals to use if you’re writing tutorials on how to install various distros, in this case, Debian Lenny. On the other hand, the site linuxscreenshots.org provides loads of screenshots for such a purpose.

I have a box for everyday work and development, and another box for testing purposes. This doesn’t mean that I exclusively use the testing box for testing only. I do use it for everyday work as well. It is on the testing machine that I installed Debian 5.0 official beta, configured to dual boot with Fedora 9.

Partitioning the disk for Debian and Fedora to co-exist.

Partitioning the disk for Debian and Fedora to co-exist.

Installing the official beta version of Debian Lenny took less than an hour. That’s because in the “Software selection” screen, I only selected the options “Desktop environment” and “Standard system”. Plus the hardware I use is relatively fast, although it’s not a multi-core machine.

Selecting software for my Debian box.

Selecting software for my Debian box.

After successfully installing using the graphical installer, I was able to dual boot into both Fedora and my new Debian distro. Here’s a screenshot of my “Lenny” Gnome desktop:

Gnome desktop under Debian Lenny.

Gnome desktop under Debian Lenny official beta.

More screenshots taken during the installation can be found in my web album.

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  1. rajesh
    6 November 2009 at 2:14 pm

    iam using ubuntu now and wish to change to debian disto with some graphics. what are the best suggestions and can upgrade to the lenny

  2. 6 November 2009 at 9:13 pm

    > iam using ubuntu now and wish to change to debian disto with
    > some graphics. what are the best suggestions and can upgrade to the lenny

    The Debian website [1] lists several ways in which you could download and install Debian. You could download a minimal CD image [2], burn the image to a CD, boot your computer using that CD, and install Debian from there. In this way, during the installation process all required packages would be downloaded from a Debian mirror if and when you need them. Another option is to download a full DVD image which contains a fully functional version of Debian. Then burn the DVD image to a DVD, boot your computer with the DVD, and proceed to install Debian. With this option, during the installation process you won’t need to download any other packages, as everything you need (well, most of them) are on the DVD. Still another option is to do a network installation [3].

    [1] http://www.debian.org

    [2] http://www.debian.org/CD/

    [3] http://www.debian.org/distrib/netinst

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