This page is dedicated to solve problems with dual booting computers between Debian and other operating systems, when the Debian installation does not have Internet access.
It is especially centred on the problem of:
- A person new to Debian, with a dual booting computer.
Changes Internet access technology (i.e. from DSL or CableModem to HSPA mobile modem -- such as the Huawei/E220).
- The telecommunications operator doesn't initially offer support for Linux.
- They install and run the drivers for the USB modem in Windows.
They can download the drivers for Debian from Windows, using the web (VodafoneMobileConnectCardDriverForLinux).
There are a lot of dependencies' troubles and need to install many *.deb packages (see the dependencies in the cited page about the driver).
- The user cannot connect to the Internet using Debian to run apt-get.
Remember that the Internet connection is vital for a computer. Once the access has been re-established, the user can apt-get all other needed files.
- Question: Which is the easier and quicker way to download and install the packages?
- Question: Is there any utility written for Windows that can perform this?
Answer: you can use Cygwin an execute the fetch script created by apt-offline/apt-zip to download all the packages. Later you can install the packages in your Debian system.
- Question: can one find a better solution?
- Answer: Improve DebianInstaller/Loader.