As most know my Tinker system is a oldie but a goodie. Since most of the hardware is from mid 2002 to 2008 and over time Linux has dropped support for a lot of hardware I decided to go with Debian Linux Lenny. Granted it’s old but I can still run new software with it by compiling the source. Good news however the Dial-up modem that is in this thing is X100p compatible so I can use it as a FPX card and have my own private PBX if I wanted too.
Anyway, since Debian has removed the repo to Lenny I had to find a work around that didn’t involve creating a bunch of CDs or playing with a jump drive. All you need is the online installer image.
Download and burn the image to a CD or use UNetbootin to use a jump drive if your old system has a USB boot option. If your system does not have a USB boot option and want that function then check out PLOP Boot Manager.
Boot up the system with the selected media of choice and install as you normally would. I prefer to use Expert mode. When it gets to the point on a software repo just continue and skip the repo selection. Finish the install and make sure to install Grub or Lilo and reboot. Login as ROOT and edit the APT sources file located in /etc/apt/sources.list Hash out the CDROM entry and the default entries and add the following,
deb http://archive.debian.org/debian-archive/debian/ lenny main contrib non-free
Save and then run apt-get update. After APT updates then you can run tasksel to rerun the installer. From there you can select graphical desktop or what have you and install what is needed.
Now if you do this you need a decent firewall if you plan to have a internet connection with it after you get everything installed.