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Installing stable Debian GNU/Linux on new hardware, best practices

Asked by , Edited by Fernando C. Estrada [ Admin ]

We often need to install Debian GNU/Linux on the relatively new hardware (AMD/Intel), which is less than 0.5 year old. Often this means that we can not use  Debian-stable install CDs, because kernel is outdated. It will be really great to have Debian installation CDs with up-to-date (backported) kernel which is 3-5 months old. I believe lot of people would like to have it.

Is there a plan to have something like this in Debian? Or, may be there is  another way to solve above problem?

And yes, I know about debian-backports, but

  • kernel backporting does not happen on regular base
  • there is no installation CD with preinstalled kernel from Debian-backports
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There is no official effort that is trying to do this.

However, Debian Developer Kenshi Muto provides backported debian-installer versions for Debian 5.0, 4.0 and 3.1 at (they also included newer kernel images). I do not know if he is planning to do the same for Squeeze, but you may want to ask him.

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sergey spiridonov

I forgot to mention Kenshi Muto in my original question. He does great work, but…

  1. 2.6.32 is already 1 year old
  2. This is unofficial effort
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fcestrada [ Admin ]

There were official efforts to solve this like Etch And A Half and unofficial like the Kenshi Mutto d-i images but at the moment the only active and official way is to
upgrade the kernel to the version in Backports (currently there is not a linux-image updated package for Squeeze yet).

If the use of the server is not critical I recommend instead of use aptosid or Ubuntu to try the testing version (you can use the Unofficial Debian Monthly Testing to install and then use testing), but if the server requires stability for production is better to choose supported and tested hardware before the purchase of the servers and a migration plan after your tests.

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schamane [ Editor ]

I either use

  • Debian Testing’s weekly builds, or
  • Debian aptosid: “aptosid is an operating system based on the Debian GNU/Linux unstable branch, codenamed sid”; or
  • On users' desktop PCs I use Ubuntu

If I want to install Debian Stable with kernels from Testing (or Backports) I boot the system with aptosid or the weekly ISO builds of Testing, partition the disks and copy a Debian Stable from another machine, using tar or whatever. Of course, it needs adjusting /boot etc.. See also

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sergey spiridonov

Thank you for a link to aptosid, I did not hear about it before. From what I understood it is based on Debian SID and is probably not much more stable.

And yes, Ubuntu is another great option, but I want to stay with Debian (which is probably not possible).

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