[Cialug] debian 3.1, and back to Gentoo

Alan Maupin alan.maupin at mchsi.com
Thu Jun 9 21:00:49 CDT 2005

Where I went wrong was making the assumption that I could administer a
Debian install without RTFM, based on previous Slackware, Mandrake, Fedora
and Gentoo experience.  Thanks for the heads up on "apt" Joe.

-----Original Message-----
From: cialug-bounces at cialug.org [mailto:cialug-bounces at cialug.org] On Behalf
Of D. Joe Anderson
Sent: Thursday, June 09, 2005 8:49 PM
To: Central Iowa Linux Users Group
Subject: Re: [Cialug] debian 3.1, and back to Gentoo

On Thu, Jun 09, 2005 at 08:06:56PM -0500, Alan Maupin wrote:

> First off, the default installation did not recognize the fact that I was
> running a mainstream three year old GeForce Ti 4800 - 64 MB video card
> a 19 inch Viewsonic monitor, and would only allow me a max resolution of
> x 600.  Next stop, Nvidia.com to download the latest Linux drivers.  After
> little while jerking around with the Nvidia drivers I decided that Debian
> was probably going to cost me nearly as much time in configuration as a
> custom compiled Gentoo install and thus have decided to scratch Debian and
> return to Gentoo.


But going to nvidia was probably where you took a wrong turn:

$ apt-cache search nvidia

$ apt-cache search nvidia
nvtv - tool to control TV chips on NVidia cards under Linux
nvidia-cg-toolkit - NVIDIA Cg Toolkit installer
nvidia-kernel-common - NVIDIA binary kernel module common files
nvidia-settings - Tool of configuring the NVIDIA graphics driver
nvidia-glx - NVIDIA binary XFree86 4.x driver
nvidia-glx-dev - NVIDIA binary XFree86 4.x driver development files
nvidia-kernel-2.4.27-2-386 - NVIDIA binary kernel module for Linux
nvidia-kernel-2.4.27-2-586tsc - NVIDIA binary kernel module for Linux
nvidia-kernel-2.4.27-2-686 - NVIDIA binary kernel module for Linux
nvidia-kernel-2.4.27-2-686-smp - NVIDIA binary kernel module for Linux
nvidia-kernel-2.4.27-2-k6 - NVIDIA binary kernel module for Linux
nvidia-kernel-2.4.27-2-k7 - NVIDIA binary kernel module for Linux
nvidia-kernel-2.4.27-2-k7-smp - NVIDIA binary kernel module for Linux
nvidia-kernel-source - NVIDIA binary kernel module source
nvidia-kernel-2.4.18-1-686-smp - NVIDIA binary kernel module for Linux

> It is my opinion that between the extremes of a plug and play installation
> like Mandriva, and the customised (compiled) installation of Gentoo, there
> lays Debian.  

That's probably pretty fair.  Where exactly it sits on that
continuum, though, is probably something of a religious issue,
so I'll leave it at that for the moment ;-)

D. Joe Anderson         http://www.etrumeus.com/~deejoe
"DRM [...] is to copyright law as a machine gun on

a motion detector is to real estate law"  -- Don Marti

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