RE: I am not impressed with Debian so far.
Debian does seem to lack some of the 'luster' that redhat 6.0 now has
(BTW Red Hat has just filed for IPO, the proposed stock symbol will be
RHAT), but this will change in potatoe with the new GNOME stuff. I
hope that the install scripts will make GNOME standard, or at least
have a menu item to install GNOME along with X. (And PLEASE someone
package that real neat LCARS enlightenment theme!)
I have (so far) been buying the cdrom sets because I can't keep my
phone line tied up upgrading via the net, this will change when I get
broadband! Even so I would probably burn my own cd's to keep the
source packages on line and to help others without BB connections
On compiling kernels ... I have had few problems but it sometimes does
go wrong. 'make dep ; make clean' can be your friend! Also I had the
sound stuff not compile when using make xconfig to config the kernel, I
had to use make menuconfig and use the 'old' sound config to get it to
work. There is a bug here somewheres, some symbols do not get set for
sound in the config script otherwise. If you have a PNP sound card
then you MUST compile as a module and install and config ISAPNP for it
to work. (At least for kernels through 2.0.36, I havn't tried the 2.2
Another good tip for kernel compiles, is to get the debian kernel
package. It allows you to build a debian package of your new kernel
and then install it with dpkg -i. This takes ALL the worrry about
installing your new kernel. (well almost all, you still need to
configure the modules with modconf, this will look familiar as you ran
this utility when you installed debian)
In short please don't sell debian short. Yes it does seem to run
behind red hat in the glamour curve, but IMHO, ahead of it in the power curve.
Amateur Radio, when all else fails!
Debian Gnu Linux, Live Free or .....
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