Building a Linux Network Appliance, Part 2 - page 2
What to Build
We'll install Debian Stable from the "business-card" CD image. This is around 40 megabytes. Simply download the .iso and burn it to a CD. If you don't have the means to do this, you may order a commercial CD. The full-sized CD/DVDs are OK if you can't get the business-card CD.
Once you have your installation disk in hand, just pop it in and boot up. All you want to do is install the base system, which runs around 380 megabytes. Don't install anything else.
If you're not familiar with installing Linux, refer to Falko Timme's excellent how-to, The Perfect Setup - Debian Sarge (3.1). This is a complete how-to for setting up an ISP-style server, so please observe these exceptions:
- The current version is debian-31r2-i386-businesscard.iso
- Don't install any extra packages. All you want is the base installation
- Instead of creating an "admin" user, feel free to use your own name
- Stop at the end of Page 2