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Getting started w/ Debian

On Tue, 20 Jul 2004 20:02:31 -0400
David Kramer <david at> wrote:

> I was mostly joking, but I've never had much luck with it myself. 
> YYMV.  I have a friend who has been trying to get Knoppix installed
> and all her hardware working for about a month in her spare time. 
> Similar stories from another friend or two about Debian.
> I've had bad experiences with apt, but it musta been something I did
> wrong. Really messed up my system, though.
I used Debian on my desktop system about 6 years ago. It's packaging
system is better than RPM, but it's packaging user interface, deselect,
was very slow. It did a very good job of resolving dependencies. I
switched to SuSE because Debian was very slow at incorporating the newer
features and because SuSE's installer (eg. YaST) was very similar to
deselect. I never liked Red Hat's interface. At the time I was running
Red Hat on my Alpha. 
I like Knoppix. At Usenix, I was talking to a member of WPLUG, who had
been using Knoppix very successfully. 

Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
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