|Original author(s)||Debian Project|
|Developer(s)||Debian Install System Team|
|Initial release||June 6, 2005|
|Stable release||8.0 (Jessie) / April 25, 2015|
|Operating system||Microcosm of Debian, made of udebs. (Loading from Microsoft Windows is supported via win32-loader.)|
|Available in||87 Languages|
Debian-Installer is an installation program for Debian. It was originally written for Debian, where it first appeared in release 3.1 (Sarge), released on June 6, 2005, although the first release of a Linux distribution it was used with was Skolelinux Venus (1.0). It is also one of two official installers available for Ubuntu; the other being called Ubiquity (itself based on parts of debian-installer) which was introduced in Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake).
Originally, it only supported text-mode and ncurses. A graphical front-end (using GTK+-DirectFB) was first introduced in Debian 4.0 (Etch). Since Debian 6.0 (Squeeze), it uses Xorg instead of DirectFB.
debootstrap is a software which allows to install a Debian base system into a subdirectory of another, already installed operating system. It needs access to a Debian repository and doesn't require an installation CD. It can also be installed and run from another operating system or to create a "cross-debootstrapping", a rootfs for a machine of a different architecture, for instance, OpenRISC. There is also a largely equivalent version written in C – cdebootstrap, which is used in debian-installer.
Debootstrap can be used to install Debian in a system without using an installation disk but can also be used to run a different Debian flavor in a chroot environment. This way it is possible to create a full (minimal) Debian installation which can be used for testing purposes, or for building packages in a "clean" environment (as e.g. pbuilder does).
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