So I downloaded the latest (2006-09-15) nightly Etch netinst image for AMD64, installed it on my spare machine. Here’s some random notes.
The Debian install process is easy, except for the damn exim4-base questions. I’m never sure about the mail delivery options, (localhost/smarthost/host). I’ll have to look it up once and for all sometime.
dpkg --get-selections | wc -l shows that there are just 244 packages as part of the minimal install, i.e. the “normal system” task in tasksel.
There are a few useful packages missing, IMO. I had to install the package
pciutils to get lspci and the package
ntpdate to set the clock.
I also installed the package
sysstat because I like the commands iostat and mpstat.
I then installed the package
linux-image-amd64-k8 for the K8-optimized kernel.
#on shutdown, the machine hangs at “stopping portmap daemon”. not sure why, so I just removed the portmap package. Since stopping the portmap daemon didn’t work, I had to kill it.
#i want to remove openbsd-inetd, but that would remove some useful packages. The current workaround is to comment everything in the /etc/inetd.conf config file, which will prevent the inetd from starting, as described in this message: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/08/msg00487.html
I am not sure of the reasons why a machine _needs_ inetd running anyway. Ubuntu doesn’t have an inetd installed in the default install at all.