Which Debian 5 iso image should you download?

DebianLike previous Debian GNU/Linux releases, Debian 5 gives you a number of options when it comes to downloading an iso image for installation. Regardless of platform – x86, x86-64 or any supported platform, you may choose to download a full CD, DVD, USB, or a floppy image, or a small “netinst” iso image.

If you are new to this and are wondering, “ok, which one should I download?” The answer is very simple: Download a “netinst”, regardless of the type of Internet connection that you have. Using a “netinst” image has the following benefits:

  • Download time is faster: A “netinst” image is typically no more than 180 MB, which, with a decent Cable or DSL connection, can be downloaded in just a few minutes. A full CD image (about 650 MB) will usually take about 60 minutes, while a DVD image (about 4.4 GB) will take about 6 hours to download. Off course, download times will be faster if you have a fiber connection to the Internet
  • By using a “netinst” image, you allow the installer to retrieve only those files and packages that you need to have your system up and running. So it will even take a lot less time to perform a netinstall than it takes to download a full iso image.


If you are in a part of the universe where Internet connection is not always on, or where Internet connection is really, really slow, you can buy a CD/DVD from a vendor near you, or if you need a new PC with Debian pre-installed, you could just order one from a vendor in your neck of the woods

Keep in mind that while this post is about Debian GNU/Linux, the advice given here applies equally well to any other Linux or BSD distro. If your favorite distro has a netinstall iso image, that is the one you should download and use, unless you have a specific reason for downloading a full iso image..

Related Posts

How to install Ubuntu 14.04 on encrypted MBR partitions This tutorial shows how to install Ubuntu 14.04 on encrypted MBR partitions. It is only slightly different from Manual full disk encryption setup guid...
How to install Ajenti on Ubuntu 13.04 server Ajenti is a server administration panel for Linux distributions and FreeBSD. It is similar to cPanel, ISPConfig and others like them, but kinda light ...
How to configure LVM on Mandriva One 2010 Mandriva One is one of three desktop Linux distributions published by Mandriva. It is a Live CD edition with the option to install to hard disk. Mand...
Install Razor-qt on Ubuntu 12.10 Razor-qt is a relatively new desktop environment built atop Qt technologies. From the ground up, it is designed to be resource-friendly, so that it ca...
How to install HotShots on Fedora 19 and Ubuntu 13.04 HotShots is a screen shot and editing tool that I just found out. Compared to the ones I'm used to, it is, in many ways, the best. This short article ...
Use HTC Scribble app to create photo blogs, diaries and greeting cards If you use an HTC smartphone, the HTC Scribble app is something you might want to try. With it, you can create "photo blogs, personal diaries, or g...

We Recommend These Vendors

Launch an SSD VPS in Europe, USA, Asia & Australia on Vultr's KVM-based Cloud platform starting at $5:00/month (15 GB SSD, 768 MB of RAM).

Deploy an SSD Cloud server in 55 seconds on DigitalOcean. Built for developers and starting at $5:00/month (20 GB SSD, 512 MB of RAM).


One Comment

  1. Pingback: Posts about linux as of February 21, 2009 | APA Cinter

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*