Last night I tried installing Debian from the 32+MB ISO I burned to a cd. I don't think the installation went all the well. For starters I had no clue what partitions I should make and how big to make them. The only ones I thought were needed were, /, /boot, /swap and /usr. For some reason I couldn't install the packages from the Internet, apparently the NIC wasn't recognized. In fact I don't recall being given the opportunity to tell the Debian installation about my NIC. Hmm. I am calling out to the other Debian users here to give me some pointers in setting up Debian (partition sizes and names, packages). Here is what I intend to do with Debian for a while on my 13+gig HD:
- Chat on IRC and with other chat clients
- Serve web pages (PHP, CGI, Perl) to the public
- Write C and C++ and Perl software for Windows and *Nix
- Gateway for home networked machines
- Update documentation, man pages, etc.