save the forest (or something like that …)

I can’t be the only person who finds it bothersome burning a cd just to install linux. What a waste (it’s not like you use the cd all to often afterwards, except as a coaster). So here are the quick and dirty instructions for making a debian linux install usb stick (adjust /dev/sdb accordingly, failure to do so can pretty must kill any data on a harddisk):

  • wget
  • wget
  • zcat boot.img.gz > /dev/sdb
  • mount /dev/sdb /mnt
  • cp debian-40r5-i386-netinst.iso /mnt
  • umount /mnt