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Re: [linrad] Fedora, mandrake, and debian

BDale and Josh for the suggestions!

I've downloaded the 'business-card version' of 'Sarge' and plan to get out to the remote site and play with things Friday afternoon. I will be working till then so I can't go sooner.

Its really great having the 'experimental' hard-drive to do these tests on, like Jeffrey recommended. The only thing lost when things don't work is time; not the older but still working OS ;)

I will look at Ubuntu and try to take a CD with that to the remote site, too.

Thanks again for the tips; I will report back here sometime over the weekend ;)



On Wed, 12 Jan 2005 18:37:30 -0700, Bdale Garbee <bdale@xxxxxxx> wrote:

w3sz@xxxxxxxxxxx (w3sz) writes:

4.  I decided to give Debian a try.

Sorry to hear you had problems. However, you mentioned that you tried 3.0r4, which is the latest security update of the now now-ancient last stable release. The thing about Debian is that stable releases live a *long* time, and rarely
install easily on new hardware.

I think you'd have a better experience with the pre-release of 'sarge' which is approaching release as the next stable version. You can find images of
this version at:


On x86 systems you'll get a 2.4 kernel by default but it's trivial to install a 2.6 version later, or start with one if you want. One of the big changes for 'sarge' is that it's based a new installer which asks many fewer questions than the old one, has various degrees of automation for icky bits like disk
partitioning, etc.

You might also want to take a look at the Debian-derived Ubuntu distribution,
which you can find at:


It installs easily on most modern systems with a default desktop configuration based on GNOME 2.8. Most of the benefits of Debian without most of the pain. They're aiming for new releases every 6 months. They've also got a live boot CD that you can try out without touching your hard disk... And if you ask, they'll mail you a CD set consisting of the live boot CD and the single-CD
installation disk... for free.  (see the quick links on the right)

Hope some of that helps you or others on this list.

73 - Bdale, KB0G

Roger Rehr