Forum OpenACS Q&A: Re: Best Configuration in Debian for Openacs Development

It's been a while since I last installed a new Debian machine, but as I recall, no, you shouldn't need to tediously pick and choose from all those zillions of packages by hand. Worst case, you should be able to pick some sort of "minimum necessary" package group during the initial install, and then add whatever other packages you want later with apt-get, after the initial install. I believe the Debian installer also include some sort of binning of packages into big functional groups in the Red Hat style. But with apt-get that's not really necessary.

If you already have one Debian machine with what you want installed, you should be able to look at its list of installed packages and just feed that to apt-get on the new machine if you like.

Of course, FAI is probably the "right" way to install machines, but I haven't looked into that yet.