How to Direct-Install Debian SID Rolling Release Using Mini.iso (w/ Screenshot)

I’ve often preferred rolling release distros like Arch, Manjaro, or custom installed Kali for Linux desktops. However, currently, I’m on Ubuntu LTS POP!_OS. Ubuntu releases require an in-place upgrade or a complete re-install to enjoy the new software package.

direct installation of debian sid

Today, however, I will show in detail how to install Debian Unstable. Debian Unstable (also known by its codename “Sid”) is not strictly a release, but a rolling development version of the Debian distribution containing the latest packages. Debian unstable is one of three distributions that Debian offers (along with stable and tested).

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If you are a hardcore developer or tester, you can opt to use this release. Harm – or rather challenges – are well-known, so that I do not visit them. However, here are some highlights of using Debian Sid.

Note that security for Debian Unstable is handled primarily by the package maintainers, not by the Debian security team. Although Debian’s security team may upload highly-urgent security fixes when maintainers are inactive, support for stable will always be a priority. If you want a super-secure (and stable) server/desktop, you are strongly encouraged to stay stable. Before you install sid or test, make sure that read this page in full, (opens in new tab)

For web servers, Debian and CentOS/RHEL are my favourites. If you are interested in server install, you can follow this guide, but I would No Recommend setting up SID on your production server. This post includes a quick guide with related screenshots so you can direct-install Debian Sid without installing buster either test First, no editing of your /etc/apt/sources.list and no need for apt-get dist-upgrade . Following this guide, your base install will boot directly into the Debian sid on first boot, if you so choose.

Install Debian SID Rolling Release Using Mini.iso

To start, let’s download Debian mini.iso, direct link Here, Once downloaded, install it in your usbthen boot with it…

direct installation of debian sid

Click on ‘Advanced Options’

direct installation of debian sid

Click on ‘Expert Install’

direct installation of debian sid

Start with ‘Select Language’, then follow the screenshot below…

go to keyboard setup

Select ‘Sid’ if you want to boot into Debian Unstable

Select Yes for Root Login if that’s your preference.

For desktop install, choose ‘Gnome’ or other. or ‘web server’ for server install.

When the installation is finished, boot up!

and that is all! You have either Debian stable, testing or the screenshots above; Debian unstable is installed on your desktop or server. enjoy! Here is my debian sid + gnome:

now, let me throw this link in the mix. Also check out openSUSE tumbleweed, fedora rawhide And Gentoo Linux, All releases are rolling distros. decisions decisions.

Published: 20 May 2017 | Last Updated: 3 February 2022

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