If you are making a new installation of Debian, you should read the installation manual, which is available on the Official CD at:
/dists/woody/main/disks-ia64/current/doc/install.txt (or .html)
or on the Internet at:
The Debian installation system, which is called the
(even though it supports more than just floppies), has been further streamlined
and upgraded for users' convenience.
Release Notes for Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (`woody'), IA-64$Id: release-notes.en.sgml,v 1.1 2003/01/04 00:37:57 joy Exp $