Debian or gentoo?
Posted 16 September 2003 - 12:04 AM
i'll be useing it for photo editing and lots of gaming
oh and good usb support is inportant to me
- CPU - athlon xp 1700+
- architecture - i386
- 2 40 gb hard drives
- Atapi 16x DVD-ROM
- Lite-on 32x burner
- GeForce4 Ti 4200
- 256 ddr memory
- SiS900 10/100 Ethernet
- SiS7012 PCI sound
Posted 16 September 2003 - 03:22 PM
Knoppix is an installable Linux LiveCD based on the unstable branch (SID) of Debian.
To install Knoppix to your harddisk:
1) Boot the OS from CD
2) Open a shell window
3) Enter sudo /usr/local/bin/knx-hdinstall (return) and follow the instructions
To upgrade Knoppix to the latest SID packages (e.g. OpenOffice 1.1RC, KDE 3.1.3 etc.):
Replace /etc/apt/sources.list with
deb http://ftp.debian.org/pub/debian/ unstable main non-free contrib deb-src http://ftp.debian.org/pub/debian/ unstable main non-free contrib
Then open a shell window and run:
Posted 16 September 2003 - 05:20 PM
1. Forums are very active and helpful when you run into problems (and you will). Note that you will want to have net access available during your Gentoo installation journey, either using a second machine (preferable) or by dual-booting your primary machine and using whatever other OS or flavor of Linux you already have installed.
2. Gentoo can be optimized for your hardware by changing compiler "flags". Actually recompiling everything (or compiling everything from scratch when you install) will take days for a desktop workstation setup. No, I'm not kidding.
3. A significant number of Gentoo's 'ebuild' files (they contain instructions on where to download source code for programs you want to install and instructions on how to compile and install them) have broken links and require manual editing of the ebuild files. This will require you to search for the files on the net and interrupt the installation process.
In summary, the final result of a Gentoo install will be a sturdy, fast system, if you can make it through the install. For a newbie, plan on about a couple days to a week to get the basics up and running, and another week for final tweaking of your peripherals, depending on what they are. You should try a Stage 3 install as opposed to a Stage 1 or 2, because most of the compilations steps will have been pre-optimized and completed for you. If you don't have broadband, Stage 3 install will be essential.
Posted 18 September 2003 - 06:24 PM
Bear in mind that any manual edits to the ebuild files in the main /usr/portage directory will be overwritten the next time you emerge sync but in all seriousness, I can't honestly remember the last time I had an ebuild die on me due to it not finding the source files. It's quite common to find some of the mirrors are slower to update than others but usually it'll fall back to the original download location (usually the project home page) and download just fine.
Speak for yourself
I've done a number of Stage 1 installs over my dial-up connection all you need is a little patience as it'll take anywhere from 3-4 days to a week to get everything up and running.
Posted 18 September 2003 - 07:53 PM
Stage 1 from dialup? You, sir, are the most patient person ever.
Posted 07 October 2003 - 05:49 AM
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