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#1 souldreamer

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Posted 11 November 2003 - 01:01 AM

Whell, i'm thinking about dual booting linux and xp or 2000. My choice is debian, but i'm just a newbie... Is it good for a workstation?

#2 Dapper Dan

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Posted 11 November 2003 - 01:47 AM

Never tried Debian as a work station but RH 9 works great as one...

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Posted 11 November 2003 - 02:08 PM

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Is it good for a workstation?


Yes, if you run the unstable branch (sid) of Debian or stable (woody) with backports

I would suggest that you download the Debian based Libranet 2.7 Classic Edition, because of the easier installer. Libranet is fully compatible with Debian. You can even upgrade to Debian unstable from Libranet Classic.

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Posted 11 November 2003 - 04:05 PM

The install is crude but it's not hard and worth while imo.

I use the bootbf2.4 to install the base from CD

http://people.debian.../boot-floppies/

Then change my apt-source to the unstable branch during the net install.

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Posted 11 November 2003 - 06:04 PM

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Is it good for a workstation?


Yes, if you run the unstable branch (sid) of Debian or stable (woody) with backports

I would suggest that you download the Debian based Libranet 2.7 Classic Edition, because of the easier installer. Libranet is fully compatible with Debian. You can even upgrade to Debian unstable from Libranet Classic.


How do i make the upgrade from woody to SID? (i have both CD's)

#6 DaMiND

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Posted 11 November 2003 - 07:31 PM

I have Debian running on my laptop (a P90 frown ).
It works fine.

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Posted 11 November 2003 - 08:04 PM

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How do i make the upgrade from woody to SID? (i have both CD's)


Add the following sources to your /etc/apt/sources.list:
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# Debian SID
deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian unstable main contrib non-free
deb http://http.at.debian.org/debian-non-US unstable/non-US main contrib non-free


Then run apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade

#8 TrakerJon

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Posted 16 November 2003 - 11:56 AM

The easiest way to see for yourself is to download the Gnoppix Live CD from http://www.gnoppix.org/

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Posted 16 November 2003 - 05:58 PM

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The easiest way to see for yourself is to download the Gnoppix Live CD from http://www.gnoppix.org/

You may also want to try Morphix, another Debian-Knoppix-run-from-cd distro..
http://morphix.sourceforge.net

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Posted 06 January 2004 - 10:39 AM

Gnoppix, Knoppix, Morphix: Which one will give me the closest to a true Debian system when installed to HD? (I have never had any success with installing Debian, and I would love to try it.) 8)

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Posted 06 January 2004 - 03:01 PM

Since all use the Debian repositories, I would think any of them. I've worked with all three, and prefer them in this order:
Morphix
Knoppix
Gnoppix

This is a great way to get Debian on your box, if like me, you tried 5 times to install it without success..

#12 Maillion

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Posted 07 January 2004 - 04:42 AM

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I would suggest that you download the Debian based Libranet 2.7 Classic Edition, because of the easier installer. Libranet is fully compatible with Debian. You can even upgrade to Debian unstable from Libranet Classic.


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Add the following sources to your /etc/apt/sources.list:
Code:
# Debian SID
deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian unstable main contrib non-free
deb http://http.at.debian.org/debian-non-US unstable/non-US main contrib non-free


Then run apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade


Will this work the same if I use the Libranet install? ;(

#13 Maillion

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Posted 07 January 2004 - 05:02 AM

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Since all use the Debian repositories, I would think any of them. I've worked with all three, and prefer them in this order:
Morphix
Knoppix
Gnoppix

This is a great way to get Debian on your box, if like me, you tried 5 times to install it without success..


At least that many tries so far, and as many sets of Debian coasters! I have Morphix and Knoppix on CD and functional. I've been considering Gnoppix, and Philipp suggested Libranet Classic. I'm currently trying to download that one, but there seems to be a server problem: it starts out really well, with speed in excess of 400 KB/sec, then nearly halfway, it stops, saying it can't read from the source. Oh, well. I guess I'll go with what I have. Does Morphix have apt? 8)

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Posted 07 January 2004 - 05:22 AM

Yes! I just updated a bunch of packages with apt tonight on my wife's Toshiba Satellite which uses Morphix-Gnome 4.1. smile

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Posted 08 January 2004 - 02:57 PM

I have an old Pentuim 75, 6Gb, 64Mb, (not really workstation material, but that's not what I'm commenting on,) that I wanted to play around with.

Being a fairly impatient sort I simply bunged a Knoppix CD in and installed the system to disk. Yesterday I did an apt-get with Synaptic that checked over 1000 packages - that's verging on system bloat!

Point being that just about everything I needed to work with is there on that machine even though there are some tasks that would be murder to try and perform. Oh and in my fairly limited experience it's proved real smooth and stable (as expected.)




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