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Re: [linrad] Fedora, mandrake, and debian
> 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
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