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This document was originally written by Bruce Perens, Sven Rudolph, Igor
Grobman, James Treacy, and Adam Di Carlo. Sebastian Ley wrote the
Many, many Debian users and developers contributed to this document.
Particular note must be made for Michael Schmitz (m68k support), Frank
Neumann (original author of the Amiga install manual),
Arto Astala, Eric Delaunay/Ben Collins (SPARC information), Tapio
Lehtonen, and Stéphane Bortzmeyer for numerous edits and text.
We have to thank Pascal Le Bail for useful information about booting
from USB memory sticks.
Extremely helpful text and information was found in Jim Mintha's HOWTO
for network booting (no URL available), the Debian FAQ, the Linux/m68k FAQ, the Linux for SPARC Processors
FAQ, the Linux/Alpha
FAQ, amongst others. The maintainers of these freely
available and rich sources of information must be recognized.
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