Hahaha, so my catchy subject caught your eye ?
Well sit back, relax and lets have some fun!
You may remember that I said I was going to try Debian about
a month or so ago ?
Now its up and running, and while the experience is still fresh
I'm putting finger to key, and warming up the rant-mobile!
Firstly, in the past few days I've tried Redhat7.2 from a Magazine
cover and I'm dissapointed.
If this is typical of RH these days then Flatty has a point!
RH7.2 bombed on the gui setup, not finding the same video card that
RH4.2 did in 1997!
Then it bombed on the text mode install!
That was enough, if it won't get past this first stage, what
other fresh hell awaits me ?
I tried Turbo Linux, and that bombed too, resulting in a non
Egads, commercial variants have a very Microsoft feel to them
these days, woe is me :(
Finally I tried Debian 2.2r2 and what a fresh breath of air it was,
more complex, than Mandrake, and I had to re install it 3 times, but
2 of them were my fault, oh alright 2.5 and thats my final offer.
Now I have installed Debian before, but only CLI and on old slow
low ram boxes, and I havent had any trouble, in fact I d/l the base
floppies from debian and used that, never adding all the other
This time was diferent and here's what I did (more or less)
1/ boot of cd#1 (2 cd set)
2/ Assign hard disk partitions, I'm using the existing partitions
of which there are 8.
3/ Assign host name
4/ Assign domain name
5/ Assign ipnumber
6/ Assign gateway ipnumber
7/ Assign dns ip numbers
8/ base install
10/ Select install type simple or advanced
11/ Select packages ie 'C development', 'Tex', there are only about
ten boxes to check here.
12/ Swap CD's when asked
13/ Assign root password
14/ Assign first user name and password
Approx 14 steps and one reboot, after all, we are installing
the OS here!
Then I told Debian to install some packages not installed
in the 'simple' option. One was 'Xchat' my IRC client, and here's
the log of the entire process :)
My CLI Command :- gronk:/home/tp# apt-get install xchat
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
python-base xchat xchat-common
0 packages upgraded, 3 newly installed, 0 to remove and 36 not upgraded.
Need to get 1374kB of archives. After unpacking 4403kB will be used.
( I just press enter here)
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
Get:1 http://http.us.debian.org stable/main python-base
Get:2 http://http.us.debian.org stable/main xchat
Get:3 http://http.us.debian.org stable/main xchat-common
Fetched 1374kB in 7m26s (3079B/s)
selecting previously deselected package python-base.
(Reading database ... 28737 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking python-base (from .../python-base_1.5.2-10potato11_i386.deb) ...
Selecting previously deselected package xchat-common.
(from .../xchat-common_1.4.3-0.1_all.deb) ...
Selecting previously deselected package xchat.
Unpacking xchat (from .../xchat_1.4.3-0.1_i386.deb) ...
Setting up python-base (1.5.2-10potato11) ...
Setting up xchat-common (1.4.3-0.1) ...
Setting up xchat (1.4.3-0.1) ...
Is this simple or what ???????
As you can see, to install Xchat I needed to type only *1* line,
and press enter twice :-
gronk:/home/tp# apt-get install xchat
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
And Debian fetched the app from its main site, plus the python base
and installed it, *AND* added it to the *IceWm menu*, all automatically!
Plus while it was doing it, I was reading news groups, the pc wasnt
affected at all.
The price for this innovative operating system ?
Was it $2850 (gst inc) for the OS plus 5 Client Access?
(source APC magazine June 2001, Harris Technology, for Win2k
Small Business Server)
But wait, send no money ......
Was it $607 for the OS only ?
(same source Win2k "Professional")
But wait, theres still more .....
I get "remote assistant" (Win2k Proffesional ONLY) and I can have
as many clients as I like :)
So how much did I pay ??
$16,and that included 3 CD's and the 176 page book
(APC "Advanced Linux Pocketbook")
Debian I *love* you!
Kind Regards from Terry
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