On Sunday 06 Jul 2008 08:01, h.godavari(a)shaw.ca wrote:
I am planning on installing Debian on one of my
computers and learn
to live happily ever after. I am afraid I am used to the GUI of MS.
Now that I confessed my erroneous ways, what do I need to look out
for while installing Debian (with a GUI to begin with).
If you are going to use only the standard desktop use ubuntu/kubuntu.
Kubuntu is more "windows like".
If you are planning to do development etc in the near future, Debian
is the way to go.
The system is "well matured" i.e., an ASUS, socket A motherboard
with an AMD Athlon running at 1600(?).But then I am not a gamer or
Details, Details, the devil is in the details. What model of ASUS
mobo, what hard drive, what graphics chipset, what sound chip. Every
mobo comes with a particular chipset and often same models have a
slightly different version or even different combos.
Get this info BEFORE you start installation to save yourself grief.
Since I am a total newbie feel free to give minute
using Deb. I realise Ubuntu or Linux-xp are far easier on my nerves
and your patience but lets give it a try.
Aha. So no Ubuntu for you. Good.
Use etch, 3 dvds. Remember to use the latest ssl from
. (for a change Debian screwed up ssl throughly in
etch). Backup any doze data - XP stoped booting cause it could not
figure out the partitioning scheme, and requires editing some ini
file to work.
Remember GNU/Linux does not assume windoisms. You will face several
issues with closed file formats (doc, xls, psd, msmpeg, wma, flash,
asp, MSjava, dxf and i dont know what else). But the sooner you get
rid of these formats the safer will your data be, and you will
realise what a ride you have been taken for by the closed software