After spending over a week trying to install it and eventually succeeding to do it 4 times I’d like to share my insights.
My first impression was disappointment over the small amount of info on the topic. However this is a false impression and directly linked to our first mistake: we tried to install dionaea on Fedora. Unless you are highly knowledgeable, patient and have time – don’t try other distro than Ubuntu. We were pressed by time(it’s a part of a project) and we needed it up and working ASAP. Therefore after several days of tweaking various config files and trying to find advice on the net – we finally gave up and installed Ubuntu 10.4.
It wasn’t the end of our troubles though. We used apt and even though it installed dionaea without complains the honeypot still wouldn’t run and we were still getting errors. Few more days passed and eventually we tried to follow step by step instructions on dionaea homepage. It worked without any problems. Like magic.
So if I can give you one piece of advice on installing dionaea – use Ubuntu(or Kubuntu as we did) and follow steps on it’s homepage as it’s the only way to save time and hassle.