Articles/How To Install Debian Using LAN
1. Download http://10.10.4.1/pub/Linux/Debian/misc/etch-custom-1013.iso and burn to CD. (This is only a small 222 MB disk so a businesscard CD shall do).
2. Boot with CD and complete the installation. This gives a basic install with console only. (Don't select any mirror when prompted).
3. Login as root with password.
4. Add the following lines to your /etc/apt/sources.list file.
deb http://10.10.4.1/pub/Linux/Debian/release/current/i386/iso-dvd/repo1 etch main contrib deb http://10.10.4.1/pub/Linux/Debian/release/current/i386/iso-dvd/repo2 etch main deb http://10.10.4.1/pub/Linux/Debian/release/current/i386/iso-dvd/repo3 etch main
5. Run apt-get update
6. aptitude install -y xserver-xorg gdm gnome kde (Required packages shall be taken from 10.10.4.1 )
This will give you a normal gnome and kde desktop environment.
Incase you want to try Debian Lenny Then instead of step 4 you have two options:-
1. Add Debian Lenny CD to your repo list by the command 'apt-cdrom add' OR
2. Add the following line to your /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://ftp.debian.org lenny main contrib non-free
Proxy will be required for second option for which you need to run the following command :-
Then run Step 5 and 6 as above.
Note that if kde only CD is added you can add only kde packages in step 6.
Also CD/DVD is required in step 1 because tftp + pxe boot facility is not available at present.