Following on from Part One of this series, I now have Debian Etch installed. I have spent most of today tweaking it to act the way I want. And here is an obligatory screenshot:
Now, it will strike the more observant/astute of you that this desktop is almost exactly the same as my Slackware desktop. This is where Linux is funny that way – beyond prettying up the desktop, the differences are all under the bonnet. Yes, there are a few Debian logos around, but otherwise it’s exactly the same as any other KDE desktop.
Anyway, some initial thoughts on Debian. Coming from a Slackware background, a lot of things are not intuitive. For example: in Slackware, when I install Ndiswrapper, it’s a simple case of
./configure, etc etc and then a bit of
modprobe-ing and there you have it. It’s a wee bit different under Debian. In fact, it’s a lot more different. A couple of times I came close to giving up altogether, but I persevered and it all works fine.
Something I will happily say to anyone, Apt, Aptitude, Synaptic, all those tools are fantastic. Even if you normally eschew the GUI when installing software, Synaptic takes a lot of hassle out of simply looking to see what’s available. The big challenge is knowing when to stop installing.
Anyway, that’s day one accounted for.