The new Linux Debian, 6.0 “Squeeze”, version has been recently released. Less than a day after the official release date the live version has been also made available. I decided to try it on my EEEPC 900 not to evaluate a possible definitive installation but because Debian is the base on which are built Ubuntu and many important distributions so it is interesting to see how the “pure” Debian behave and perform on my system.
Download and installation
I downloaded the disk image from Debian download page, many download options are possible, among the others the one I prefer, Bittorrent, is available . I then tried first to prepare the bootable SD card, as usual, with the boot disk preparation utility provided with Ubuntu but, for same reason, the tool didn't work with the downloaded Debian disk image. I so went for the command line way and, following Debian's site instructions, I copied the image to the SD card with the following commands.
sudo chmod 777 /dev/sdccat debian-live-6.0.0-i386-gnome-desktop.img > /dev/sdc
after a while I have been able to boot from the SD card to Debian (unfortunately this method made my SD card look like it was only 1GB).