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December 26, 2009

Installing Debian Testing “Squeeze”

Filed under: Linux/Unix Related — Suramya @ 2:55 AM

As I said in my previous post. I have gotten tired of Ubuntu and am in the process of going back to a standard Debian install. This is the first time after a lot of years that I am installing Debian from scratch on my system, before this the last Debian version I installed from base was version 3. What I have been doing recently is that I boot off a Kanotix CD (Live CD based on Debian) and write that to the drive. Once that was done I would point the system to Debian repositories and then do an upgrade.

This time I decided to do a plain install, so I downloaded the “Debian GNU/Linux testing “Squeeze” – Official Snapshot i386 CD Binary-1 20091221-04:49″ from the Debian site and burned it to a disk. I downloaded this version instead of the Stable snapshot because I was anyways going to upgrade to Testing so this should save me some time in downloading new/updated packages.

I hit a couple of issues during the install which might be because I was using the testing snapshot but can’t be sure:

1. The graphical install didn’t work. If just gave me an error when I tried to run it. So I did a text install, which worked fine
2. After the install completed, I found that grub was not installed correctly. If kept giving me an error that grub_printf was undefined. To fix this, I booted the system off the installation CD in ‘Rescue Mode’ and told the system to reinstall grub on the main harddrive. That fixed that issue.

Other than that I had no issues installing Debian on my system. All built-in devices have been working ok so far. Will post more on any issues I hit during customization etc later.

– Suramya

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3 Responses to " Installing Debian Testing “Squeeze” "

  1. Squeeze is funky junk, you may find many things are broken, are about to be broken, or will break in the future. It also does not get security updates. Grep, grub, and entire graphic libraries have suddenly disappeared, compilers links changed magically, etc, hey it’s unstable right? ;) It’s easy to go ‘forward’ to testing in debian, harder to go back, it’s pretty steady-eddy!

    Comment by Junk Funk — January 3, 2010 @ 9:01 AM

  2. That’s true. Although for the most part Squeeze has been working quite well for me. I haven’t had libraries disappear or anything recently.

    I did have some problems with it on my laptop, My touchpad stopped working as soon as I upgraded to Unstable. So went back to the default Testing install on it.

    – Suramya

    Comment by Suramya — January 5, 2010 @ 10:55 PM

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