Things about the Debian Installer you probably didn’t know
While the Debian boot team works hard on releasing the second beta of the Debian Installer here are some facts you probably didn’t know about the Debian Installer:
- You can install Debian with a kickstart file - this is done via the kickseed package.
- The Installer will automatically install and configure sudo if no root password is provided - implemented in d-i/user-setup
- For installing systems with multiple NICs via pxe you can use
ipappend 2in your
pxelinux.cfgto automatically determine the appropiate network interface.
- You can setup the Debian Installer to automatically start an ssh daemon to control your installation - see netconsole for more details.
- If you are using netconsole the installer can automatically download ssh keys from a specific URI. This can be useful for deploying ssh keys in virtualized environments like EC2. For more details about this feature have a look at #592550.
- If you specify bubulle or tbm as your realname the installer will automatically change it to the realname of the Debian Developer.