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