Debian, Tutorials/Tips

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

Creating and managing user accounts in a GNOME 3 or Ubuntu desktop Creating and managing user accounts on a Linux system is just as easy as on any other operating system. However, users new to Linux might not know the...
Free Software alternatives to help you outwit PRISM Just because your activities are being monitored by the powers that be does not mean that you should throw up your arms in the air and give up. Yes, c...
Tahoe Least-Authority File System for secure, distributed data storage Looking for a solution to give you an edge in the ongoing struggle between you and the authorities over the privacy of your data? Then you should take...
4 Free Software alternatives to Matlab For those involved in data analysis, numerical computation and taks of that nature, Matlab is an industry standard software to use, though it is not ...
Troubleshooting disk usage on a Linux server with ncdu I awoke early Sunday morning (December 4 2016) to find that this website was not reachable. I, and visitors too, was getting the dreaded (for a websit...
LVM configuration on Openfiler 2.3 Openfiler is one of two free and open source NAS/SAN applications in active development (the other one is FreeNAS). By default, Openfiler is installed...

We Recommend These Vendors and Free Offers

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).

Want to become an expert ethical hacker and penetration tester? Request your free video training course of Online Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking

Whether you're new to Linux or are a Linux guru, you can learn a lot more about the Linux kernel by requesting your free ebook of Linux Kernel In A Nutshell.


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 *

*