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Re: Opinion about sarge install

On Sun, Aug 08, 2004 at 03:01:45PM -0300, gafm@inf.ufsc.br wrote:
> Hey folks,
> Just some opinion about the sarge install process. I installed a july daily
> build(I can't remember the exact one, but i think it was 25) on my computer
> that has just the very common hardware(i386 arch) with the 2.6 kernel. I
> consider myself a getting-to-intemediate-level user and here's some things you
> might consider (or not :P):
> 1)X configuration should be more automatic. I couldn't get the x server to work
> on the first try. So I just did some copy and paste for the config file I
> backedup from my old Mandrake distro I replaced with debian. If  Mandrake can,
> why can't debian get the configuration right with not much user intervention
> and technical knowledge? These would make things much easier;

It would probably be interesting and useful for the X packaging team to see
a diff between the config that was generated from configuring X and the
config you ultimately had to use to get X working. In my experience,
provided you give the X configuration the right input, it does a reasonable
job of getting X working.

> 2) I select the desktop package collection and then later when I was trying to
> install some software I found out make, gcc and other tools were not installed.
> I think these tools should be installed on any install because unfortunetelly
> not everything come on .deb packages from a organized  repository;

This is a matter of opinion. Not everyone wants a compiler installed by
default. Firewalls don't need a compiler. If you want to build stuff,
apt-get install build-essential. Whether the desktop task should install
build-essential is debateable. I'm inclined to think there should be a
"Development" task that installs at least build-essential packages...

> 3) It should be a way to find out what's the best mirror. I had to try I few
> until I found that was acceptably fast.

Well that's going to vary from person to person. I'm not sure how something
like apt-spy can be integrated with the mirror selection process.

> 4) My TV card(PixelView Pro w/ FM) doesn't worked after the installation. And
> still doesn't. OFFTOPIC: If anyone has any document or anything that can help
> me get it to work, it would be very much appreciated.Those things on Google did
> not work, I'll try harder to get this card to work and I have more free time :)
> I think that's all,
> Guilherme
> "If God came down on Christmas day, I know exactly what He'd say
>  He'd say Oi! to the punks, Oi! to the skins,
>  Oi! to the world and everybody wins!" No Doubt
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