[Cialug] debian 3.1, and back to Gentoo

Theron Conrey theron at conrey.org
Thu Jun 9 23:08:16 CDT 2005

<distorwar!>no offense to out LUG's mandriva users but if you're looking 
for a debian install that's a bit (in my opinion) cleaner that mandriva 
try Ubuntu</distrowar>

Alan Maupin wrote:

> A few comments about my first install of debian using the 3.1 install 
> CD’s … I was hoping for something on the order of Mandriva.
> The hardware: P1000, 512 MB RDRAM, 18 GB SCSI 160 system drive, 2 x 40 
> GB ATA100 RAID -0- extra storage, NV Ti 4800 Video.
> Initially I had a problem with the two 40 GB ATA100 IBM drives 
> connected to a SIIG PCI raid card. First off, I didn’t expect to be 
> able to configure the ATA drives as RAID 0, and pretty much expected 
> to configure them as two separate 40 GB drives. After about the third 
> install attempt, which had nothing to do with the drive configuration 
> (Grub was not working, more about that in a moment) I discovered the 
> automated RAID configuration utility, and wham bam, one each, 80 GB 
> RAID 0 partitiion established.
> Things began to look better, and after I scratched Grub and used Lilo 
> instead the install was off and running. A little while later I was 
> booting into Gnome and immediately wanted to increase the screen 
> resolution on my 19 inch Viewsonic analog montior from 800 x 600 to a 
> more acceptable 1280x1024. This is where things got a little sticky 
> again.
> 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 with a 19 inch Viewsonic monitor, and would only allow me a max 
> resolution of 800 x 600. Next stop, Nvidia.com to download the latest 
> Linux drivers. After a 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.
> 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.
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