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#1 pitrevie

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 09:11 PM

I have been asked by a friend to download Debian and create a CD so that he can install it on his Intel PC. I have downloaded Jigdo but I cannot understand how I transfer the files to my computer and burn a CD that would allow him to install from this. Can anyone explain this procedure please. I am based in Thailand so I would need to download from a mirror site in this area.

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 03:37 AM

Jigdo is supposed to automatically download the sources from a variety of mirrors and then assemble that into an image, although how that translates into a burnable iso image I'm not sure. I tried that method once, couldn't exactly get it to work. You can check the documentation for jigdo at debian's site, though.

Personally I would just download the iso image from their http/ftp mirrors or the bittorrent links.
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Posted 06 January 2007 - 08:44 PM

I have tried Jigdo several times with different sites but when I insert the URL although I connect it informs me that no such file is available which is surprising as this is a typical URL I have used. http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/3.1_r0a/i386/jigdo-cd/
I have also tried several sites and almost always get the same results so I am obviously doing something wrong. The Jigdo documentation hasn’t been much use to me. I am using a windows XP machine to download and also the windows version of Jigdo.

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 12:43 AM

I have no idea how to get jigdo to work, you'll have to check the documentation for that.

If you're not behind a restrictive firewall, I would strongly recommend going the bittorrent route. I use µTorrent as my torrent client program, there are others like azureus that are good also.

If you want CDs, the PC images are at this link.
http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/3.1_r4/i386/bt-cd/
From the looks of it there are fifteen images (CDs) that you have to download for the full set, labeled binary-[1-15].

If your friend has a DVD drive and you have a DVD burner I would recommend getting the DVD images instead of the CDs since there are only two to download, and of course, only two disks to burn. Link is here.
http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/3.1_r4/i386/bt-dvd/

Whichever images you want, open the torrent files with your bittorrent client (if it doesn't open them automatically), and it will download the .ISOs. Once you have them, burn them with your preferred burning program. Be sure you burn them as a CD image, and not as just a data file to the disk.

Edited by arcman, 07 January 2007 - 12:45 AM.

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 08:28 PM

Many thanks for that reply. I dowloaded that program and it is certainly a lot easier to use than Jigdo and I am in the middle of downloading the first CD now. My understanding is that most people only require the first CD so hopefully that will satisfy my friends requirement as I dont fancy the idea of downloading the DVD's given how long this is taking. Once again many thanks for your very helpful input.

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 11:34 PM

i don't know debian, so i'm not sure how it works but i think you will need an internet connection to install it or else all of the cd's. it downloads packages as it installs. they call it "net install"
http://www.debian.org/distrib/
http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/installmanual
http://distrowatch.com/index.php?distribut...ll&year=all
http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=02699#0

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Posted 08 January 2007 - 03:59 AM

Yeah, you can do it as a net install, or you can download it all in one shot as CD/DVD isos.

Glad it's working now!
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Posted 08 January 2007 - 10:50 AM

you can download a DVD iso which has everything you need. If your new, make sure you download the stable iso. Or, alternatively, for debian, you can download all (5 ???) the CD roms. It will look for internet, if you don't have it, it will continue with the packages it has. If you want to add through synaptic or apt-get, you just have to have the cd's / dvd handy.
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