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Re: How long to setup a new system?

 I typically do a network install with kickstart, for either Fedora 
or CentOS. I mount the iso image under a web root and use a 
kickstart file modified slightly from a prior system's 
/root/anaconda-ks.cfg file. 

The only part of the install I keep interactive is the disk 
partitioning, which takes maybe 2 minutes. The rest of the install 
typically takes about half an hour on an uncongested network. 

Of course, doing the same kickstart from CD or DVD media 
instead of over http takes far longer; the time in this case 
is dependent primarily on the speed of the CD/DVD drive. 

[hidden email] wrote: 
> I just got an HP laptop from BJs. It was cheap enough, dual core 2G ram, 
> 160g hard disk, 15" screen, $729. 
> Anyway, I've been trying kubuntu 64 vs 32 bit. 
> Aside from the crap that one must deal with when installing Linux on a new 
> laptop, how long does it take you to get a Linux system "there?" 
> For me, I have to install the development tools, dvdcss, pidgin, firefox 
> and thunderbird (not default on kubuntu!), xine, gimp, digicam, ecryptfs, 
> postgresql (from source), and others I can't remember. 
> It takes me a couple hours after base install to get it the way I like it. 
> Is anyone out there a "plug and play" or do you go through a similar 
> ordeal? 

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