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A quick start guide for sarge


I've started working on a "quick start guide" for new desktop users of the 
sarge release. A lot of the current documentation is targeted at woody and 
therefore gives deprecated or needlessly complicated advice. The sarge 
release features an easy installer, hardware auto-detection and when the 
desktop task is selected it features probably 80% of the applications an 
ordinary user needs. These facts should make it possible to write a quick 
start guide. I've put a incomplete draft on the web[1]. I am already 
questioning a lot of the decisions I've made thusfar, and seek advice / help.

I've used XHTML1.1+CSS. Other tools might be more appropriate.  

Not wanting to duplicate other documentation I'll link where appropriate. This 
results in lazyness.... leaving large gaps in the story. A way to prevent 
this is describing in detail a typical installation: i386, netboot iso, 
Windows in another partition, auto-partition the free space, an official  
debian mirror, the desktop task, setting up X, setting up a printer and a 
scanner, using aptitude or synaptic. Then I could give pointers in my 'notes' 
section if you need a different approach. Problem: this 'notes' section is 
growing larger than the guide itself.

Most of the questions asked by newbies relates to non-free drivers or 
software. I think it is best to write a seperate document about these issues, 
but how should I address this now? The first question to be answered in the 
troubleshooting X section would be: How to install ATI / Nvidia drivers? 

I do not know where I should publish this. A popular site like OSnews could 
give the most exposure, but they impose restrictions on further publication 
and want an exclusive. When I write this in the open, there will be no 

My regards,

Paul Frederiks 

[1] http://www.nic-nac-project.de/~psilo/desktop_sarge/quick_start_guide.html

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