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So scrapped FreeBSD on my secondary computer. I figured I don't need to play with yet another source-based OS. I was a bit confused by the odd mixture of packages I had to compile myself, and packages I could install in binary form. There were also a large number of tools that could be used as an interface to installing packages.

So I went with Debian. It has a reputation for stability etc. right? We'll see. I'm also sort of testing the waters again for a potential jump-ship to Ubuntu. We'll see. The Debian install was mostly uneventful. I installed from a single DVD. There were two DVD ISOs available for download; I couldn't find anywhere that indicated the contents of either one, so I figured the second probably only had additional packages on it, or whatever. I guessed right, I imagine.

After booting from the DVD, the installer died after about a minute, complaining about a corrupt package on the DVD. I ran the "Verify CD contents" and it confirmed, corrupt disc or package on the disc. (bochs, I think.) I know the ISO was fine, I checked the md5sum. So I rebooted. Same DVD, second run, it worked fine. Some kind of ghost problem? Flaky DVD-R? Who knows.

I don't like that Debian installed an X server by default. I chose to do a "server" install, and I picked File, Print, Web, SSH server from the options. Somehow this still installed X. I was happy though at how easy it was to uninstall. apt-get remove xfree86 or something similar, and it removed all the dependencies. A nice change from what I'm used to. The whole install took maybe 45 minutes. When I boot, I get a ton and a half of kernel module errors though. That's the price you pay when you don't compile your own kernel, I guess. Everything still works, so I don't know how much it matters. For now.

A very minor observation: For some reason I like Debian's networking config file much more than Gentoo's.

Debian's /etc/networking/interfaces:

auto eth1
iface eth1 inet static

Gentoo's /etc/conf.d/net:

config_eth0=(" netmask broadcast")
    "default via"
October 09, 2006 @ 4:32 AM PDT
Cateogory: Linux


Quoth Yams on October 09, 2006 @ 4:04 PM PDT

I upgraded to Edgy Eft beta (6.10) yesterday. First thing I noticed: 15 second boot times! More than halved from Dapper. Also started using the latest nvidia drivers (9625) as the backend for Beryl instead of Xgl. Good news, less memory usage. Bad news, it's sluggish; Cairo apps are very slow. I might have to go back to Xgl. groan

Quoth Brian on October 09, 2006 @ 4:56 PM PDT

I tried the beta nvidia drivers too. It was unusably slow in Xorg. So I'm still using Xgl too. Such is life.

It used to take 30 seconds to boot? Well I guess I never timed mine. But it can't be 30 seconds. That's excessive. I remember when I tried Ubuntu a year ago, it always wanted to load all kinds of useless crap at boottime by default. PCMCIA drivers and such.

Quoth Yams on October 09, 2006 @ 4:59 PM PDT

Yeah, I got rid of all that crap.