I have pretty decent bandwidth here, but soon I will need to be abroad with nothing except for a small mobile connection. So I would like to obtain the biggest possible ISO of Debian. In other words, the opposite of the netinst. Is it possible to obtain a Blu-ray like ISO of Debian with ALL the distro packages?

Even 25-50 GB ISO file, is just that I will soon only be able to use mobile data and need to do many installs and uninstalls, but I have to use the "cd" as source.

I saw there are many DVD ISOs but they are partial and i want everything in a single ISO file.

Another option I was considering instead of downloading the ISO filw, would be setup an http server on my notebook and get a full mirror of Debian, then setup the sources.list to obtain files from the internal virtual lan between the vm and the machine.

I think the huge ISO option is still the easier and the best for now ;)

  • If you're studying or working and your boss permits it, you can download packages on other machine and install them on the one without the internet connection. – MatthewRock Mar 24 '16 at 12:56
  • I have no boss and a 500Mbit line that i could take advantage, btw this question was down voted? Probably by users that just mi-intrepreted the title. Nobody had the need of testing things into the virtual machines but at same time can't access internet for downloading distro packages? I would just like to obtain the fulliest iso possible and use that one as source. – user3450548 Mar 24 '16 at 12:59
  • Title edited so that the trolls around don't take it for a noob's question. – user3450548 Mar 24 '16 at 13:03

You won't find a single ISO image, although you could probably build one. The closest you'll get with existing downloads is three Blu-ray disk images, which you'll need to use jigdo to download; see http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/current/amd64/jigdo-bd/ for details.

Building a partial mirror is probably more sensible; you can use apt-mirror for that.

A full mirror is overkill for your situation. It's doable of course, but it would take up approximately 300GB (for sources, all and amd64 packages)...

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  • Thank you for the reply, well 300 GB for modern notabooks are not a such overkill, I can easily store them into my internal SSD :) – user3450548 Mar 24 '16 at 13:01
  • About the mirror, i need just the packages pre-compiled, no need of the sources no? And only amd64 architecture, can I filter what i want to download with apt-mirror ? – user3450548 Mar 24 '16 at 15:15
  • @user3450548 if you goal is to minimize data usage, you probably want sources—then if you need to fix something, you can apply a patch and recompile. Patches are much smaller than the binaries. – derobert Mar 24 '16 at 15:29
  • Yes, you can filter the architectures you download with apt-mirror. You'll need at least amd64 and all, and you might as well mirror the sources because they are much smaller than the binaries. – Stephen Kitt Mar 24 '16 at 15:34
  • @derobert compile every service at realtime isn't super slow? I can trade some space for speed but if i don't need sources at all i cand avoid download them, aswell of other architectures. – user3450548 Mar 24 '16 at 15:35

There is no "full" version with all ~43k applications available for download. However, you can create your own iso containing the needed packages. Take a look at the Simple-CDD package, for a tutorial, look over here.

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