Hi ILUG --
guess what -- I'm switching. I've just ordered a new IBM Thinkpad T40,
and I'm planning to change the habit of 5 years (or so) and put Debian on
it instead of Dead Rat/Fedora. However, this'll be only the second Debian
install-from-CD I've ever performed.
Now, I know Debian has some wierd "this is the default, but you're
expected to know not to use it" features during the CD install; for
example, my first attempt a few years ago died tragically during a
frustration-filled battle with dselect. (grr.)
So, given that I'm planning to get 2.6.1 running with ext3, XFree86 4.3.x,
and KDE 3.2, any other gotchas I should watch out for? So far I've
- watch out for absurd crap in default Stinkpad configuration (namely,
don't boot it without booting into linux first and renaming a Windows
filesystem conversion tool, as WinXP will convert its nice FAT32 fs
into NTFS at first boot, which is a bitch to resize).
- install from Woody CD 1, as "unstable" and "testing" are Not
Recommended for CD installs
- use "bf24" at the boot prompt to get a 2.4.x kernel
- don't use dselect, it is the spawn of the devil
- after basic install, edit sources.list and s/stable/unstable/, then
apt-get update and dist-upgrade
- get 2.6.1, XFree86 4.3, and KDE 3.2 up and running after that point
- engrave "Elbereth" on the floor if dselect shows up and attacks.
Any other tips?
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