jamvaru wrote:when i was without internet access i found some good dvd's on ebay for cheap (basically cost of dvd+shipping)
for example, a 6 dvd set with the entire debian repository; i believe same thing is available for ubuntu
beats trying to download at the library and burn it yourself (usually impossible, though i managed to tweak it, lol; till they disabled usb drive access, i was using portableapps)
certainly a better use of time would be working and saving money for internet, lol
There is also the package "aptoncd". The Synaptic description;
APT removable repository creator and package backup tool for Debian based
This tool will allow you to create a media (CD or DVD) to use to install
software via APT in a non-connected machine, as well upgrade and install
the same set of softwares in several machines with no need to re-download
the packages again.
You can also, in Synaptic, have it just download the .deb file. This will be a compressed archive just like your install all the time. If you have not changed the defaults ot auto clean /var/cache/apt/archive you have a copy of every thing you have downloaded and can see what they look like.
If you already have a package installed that file is where to simply copy it it a stick or DVD/CD RW. If not downloading just the package without installing will get you the package and any depends. Put them on your stick or CD.
You can go to a search engine and look up any Debian package for any supported Debian version. This will give a download target for the package and a link to a similar link to any depends. recommends or suggests packages.
The stick is then put in the unconnected box, the packages navigated to with your file manager, right click, install with gdebi.
Aptoncd will give you the packages as they would be on the many install disks besides the one you need for installation of the base install but with only the packages you want. As long as you have the CD source listed on your /etc/apt/sources.list (should be commented out but in there after a default style install) you can then use that disk to install with whatever install tool you use such as Synaptic, apt-get or aptitude.
If you have remote box that has a supported version of Debian and you can download all the DVDs offered with the install disk you can take them and upgrade the thing to nearly current. I believe they redo them weekly. They contain, as previously stated, the entire Debian repo.
Dell XPS 420 Core2 Quad Q 6600, audigy5.1, Radeon HD 6450 - currently 4 320Gb HDD, Debian Squeeze for secure use, Debian testing for daily use, Debian Sid for fun.