I am attempting to do an install of debian 9, however, when i get to select software to install, where I normally see a screen that says GNOME, Web Server, OpenSSH Server, etc... the only option is "standard system utilities"

any ideas on how I can get more software options for installation?

  • Is there a reason that you want to do this at system installation time and not later when you have a running system? – Kusalananda Jan 21 '18 at 10:49
  • You may have been downvoted because it is a little unclear what you are saying. What kind of install are you doing? Have you just come to a screen in the installation process headed "Software Selection"? It specifies Desktops and Servers and Standard System Utilities ... but you can go past this. Look at something like linuxtechi.com/debian-9-installation-guide-with-screenshots – user8779 Jan 21 '18 at 13:20

A "full" Debian installation media is 3 DVDs, or about 12 GB.

See here: https://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/current/amd64/iso-dvd/

Since this is quite inconvenient and an internet connection is pretty much ubiquitous, a more common installation media choice contains a significantly smaller set of packages. It only installs the base system and then establishes a connection to official Debian package repositories over the network. I guess you're using this type of installation media without a network connection.

If you finish the installation, note that you can request that screen again by running tasksel as root. If you have added more installation sources since the installation itself (e.g., an Internet connection), you will then see the other options that should have been available during the installation.

  • No, he's right - that screen is typically present even on a "single floppy to boot netinstall system". Seems like the possible tasks for tasksel aren't loaded... – ivanivan Jan 22 '18 at 13:44

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