Apr 272011

The next stage in the great project to migrate back from Debian from OpenSolaris: installing Debian. Wow, it’s so much easier these days! Here are my random notes from the install. I chose the network install option and burned the .iso to a CD. Then I booted from the CD on the bootloader (on a Sun Ultra 20, you hold down the F8 key while booting to get to the loader). Then it was just a matter of picking the options.

First option: graphical installation. It’s much easier to work on other things and occasionally glance at the installing system when there’s a graphical user interface. I wasn’t sure what to use for the domain name, since this computer will be used inside the home network, so I left it blank for now. I can always change it later. I also picked the easy “one partition” option as I saw no need for multiple partitions. Then, I just let ‘er rip.

These days you get a nice list of predefined collections to install; I chose the graphical desktop environment (yes, it’s a server that I’ll mostly access via ssh, but why not?), web server, SQL database, ssh server. Then it was time to wait and do other things, like noticing how it’s raining outside. Again. April in Vancouver, sigh.

Some time later… Debian’s installed, and now I’ve decided to try The Debian Way to install WordPress, rather than installing it by hand as I did last time I set up WordPress on this box. apt-get update, followed by apt-get upgrade and apt-get install wordpress installs a bunch of stuff into /usr/share/wordpress, including a file, wp-config.php, which doesn’t appear in the stock WordPress installation. Sure enough, it’s a Debian-specific file. Guess I’d better go and read some documentation. I want to set up separate blogs with separate domain names, not just separate sub-domains, and WordPress MU doesn’t do that by default. It will be interesting to see if the Debian version of WordPress tackles that configuration.

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