For my own network I prefer network installs, or some place where I have access to broadband and time, I use it. But I think sometimes it's better to use a media install. Anyone else feel the same way?
I usually do media installs just because I am used to doing it that way. Although I must say the network install of Debian I tried via http://goodbye-microsoft.com at work recently worked really well. I would really prefer a combination of the two, though -- install the main system (which doesn't change anyway) from CD and then fetch the most recent version of all the packages via Ethernet. That would be really cool... I think I have heard of some distros doing that as well, but I can't remember which...
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Net installs are brilliant if you have a limited Broad Band connection, say 512K, most CD iso's are in the realms of 600MB+ which can take forever.
Downloading say a minimal iso to get the base system on is the way to go, then just add the basics to get you up and running like GUI, this proves far better with the initial updates as well given that you will only have a few to download I did a full Linux Mint install the other day which had 122 updates at some ridiculous figure like 350MB!
I usually leave out huge stuff like OpenOffice, Games etc and just get mail and web browsing working (Or at least check they are working) customise my desktop and home directory to the way I like it add all the bookmarks and feeds then think about installing apps like Open Office usually two or three days later when the systems has settled down.
I did the net install with openSUSE 10.3 64bit and it was very easy and very stable.
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I've only ever done one network install years ago when I was working in the IT Department of a local hospital, I think it was the original Fedora Core so that dates it a bit. I just left it overnight and it was done in the morning but I've never bothered really since. I dunno why but I usually just burn a disc and install that way. I did an install of Debian Etch quite recently from a DVD and it downloaded about a gig of stuff during the install which left me wondering "what's on the bloody DVD?" hehe That's practically a network install I suppose but mostly I stick to ISO images really. I can see there ae situations where a network install makes perfect sense though and it works for a lot of people. Each to their own
Network installs are my choice. Several distros allow you to do it that way. Gentoo springs to mind, once you have the basic system bootstrapped, the rest is done via network. Cent OS lets you do it that way, as does Debian. I like it because you don't have to download an entire CD, a lot of which you probably won't use, just to have to download a lot of other stuff that you WILL use.
I usually do a media install, since I don't have a good record of staying on one distro for very long, and since I
live in australia, the download limits are ridiculously low, so I need to have something around I can install/reinstall
when my net is capped at 64kbps.
living in a family of 8 with a download limit of 12gb just doesn't work... been wanting to download a
linux DVD for ages, but at 3-4.7gb download, that can take up to almost half of our download limit.
so, avoiding all my groveling, media is my preference.
I prefer media installs honestly...it's easier to get up and running, and I can always just head somewhere where the bandwith is higher and download my isos there But net installs are good, Arch Linux and Gentoo show us that
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I like media installs mainly because until recently I didn't have a network I could do an install from. But now that I do, I'm just sticking with media that way I can fill up my cd case as a geek testament to my friends about how much I like to play with linux.
I much prefer net installs now I generally have un-capped fairly speedy connections these days. I used to use media installs, but I've got fed up of not having all of the more bizarre packages that I want installed.
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