Follow these steps if you wish to install debian with minimum apps and with icewm window manager.
Insert the Debian DVD 1 and boot the machine from DVD.
Follow the screne instructions and create the required disk setup
During installation debian will ask for mirror to select, select the nearest mirror.
It may update the apt and fetch the security updates.
When it will ask for package selection, only select the Laptop and Base System modules, deselecting the Desktop enviornment.
After the instalaltion is over boot in to debian. You will boot into text mode.
Login as root and create a copy of the sources.lst from /etc/apt folder.
cp sources.list sources.list_ORIGINAL
comment the web resources from sources.list file. Incase if you are on low network bandwidth. [ We will tell debian to install all packges from DVD ]
insert the DVD1 into drive
apt-get install xserver-xorg mdetect xfonts-base xfonts-100dpi xfonts-75dpi xfonts-scalable xfs xresprobe xserver-xorg-core discover
apt-get install icewm esound menu esound-clients aterm xterm firefox xutils xfonts-cyrillic fontconfig libmyspell3c2 sudo
Configure network interface
iface lo inet loopback
iface eth0 inet dhcp
Add apt reposository
apt-get install netselect netselect-apt
execute following command to identify the fastest mirror to you
netselect ftp.debian.org http.us.debian.org ftp.iitm.ac.in
using the fastest mirror lets update the /etc/apt/source.list
deb http://ftp.fi.debian.org/debian/ etch main non-free contrib
deb-src http://ftp.fi.debian.org/debian/ etch main non-free contrib
deb http://security.debian.org/ etch/updates main non-free contrib
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ etch/updates main non-free contrib
save the file
For AMD Turion & Intel Centrino processors
Amd Turion 64 bit basically runs in 3 modes. I've AMD 1.8 GHz processor that runs in 3 modes. By default processor always runs in 800MHz when running application hits the 800MHz boundry it jumps to 1.6 GHz and when even that boundry is hit, it jumps to 1.8 GHz. The advantage is huge power saving with this type if cpu speed change and eventually giving more battery life on laptops.
I'm running debian Linux that doesn't install the package required to do this CPU speed shift.
Running following command to install the required package.
apt-get install powersaved
To install the grub-splashimage in debian
apt-get install grub-splashimages
ln -s splashimages/dunes.xpm.gz splash.xpm.gz
Incase if you want USB devices to be detected automatically
apt-get install hotplug
NOTE: Debian may upgrade your kernel, after installation of the kernel make sure you reboot immediately.
How to install KeePass X in debian
apt-get install libqt4-core libqt4-gui libpng3
Get the debian package from http://www.keepassx.org/downloads
dpkg -i KeePassX-0.2.2.deb
Install BUM to control your services
apt-get install bum