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Re: Need inputs

On Wed, 2 Mar 2011, Ganesh P wrote:


I have installed Debian Squeeze AMD64 on my home desktop recently. Until now I
was using Fedora KDE.  I am facing few issues with Debian installation and need
your advise in fixing them.  I am using GNOME as my DE and I use NVIDIA Georce
7100/nForce 630i mother board.  RAM is around 4 GB DDR2 and processor is intel
core2 duo 2.7 Ghz.  Monitor is LG Flatron W1642S LCD.

1.  The font rendering is quite awkward.  The fonts (every font) look very thin
and straining eyes.  Especially in Iceweasel, Chromium & open office documents
the font display is quite poor.  I tried tweaking the settings in Appearance
preferences->Fonts. I experimented with sub-pixel smoothing etc.  But no
noticeble improvement was achieved.  I wanted to achieve font rendering similar
to fedora or ubuntu.

I had similar problems recently, when upgrading to squeeze. In my case it turned out the X server was running the monitor at the wrong resolution. For some reason it had not caused problems with lenny. Check your monitor documentation and make sure you are running it at the preferred resolution. Are you using KDE with Debian?

2.  I use Apache2 service for my web development & testing.  I have read it in
the debian user forum that without mandatory access controls such as selinux or
apparmor we should not run apache2.  If not, we are going to end up with a
vulnerable machine.  Is that right?  I could not fine apparmor in debian
repository so tried installing selnux in a virtualbox on top o debian as given
in URL http://wiki.debian.org/SELinux/Setup.  I could install it successfully,
upto default permissive mode, but when I try to set enforcing mode to 1, system
becomes non-responsive.  Next restart will end up in blank screen after entering
the user id and password.  Is there any better way of securing my home desktop?
Or how do I fix this selinux issue?

Selinux is a nightmare. There are other ways to secure a machine. YOu could run your apache server inside a virtual machine for example. If not, I suggest a selinux forum.

3.  Primary usage of my desktop is for internet browsing, web application
development and playing games.  I felt the default graphic drivers of debian
were not enough for 3D rendering.  Kindly let me know whether it is advisable to
install proprietary drivers from nvidia available in debian repository or
continue to use the open source driver Nouveau.

I use the nvidia drivers. They work for me. They have a useful dual monitor mode. There is no downside to trying it out. You can easily switch back.

4.  Which firewall among firstarter & gufw are better suited for home desktop?

I use a router instead. Try one that supports tomato firmware.

Thanks in advance for your time and attention.

There is nothing India or indeed Debian specific about this question. There are a lot of general purpose forums you could post this to. Including but not restricted to debian-user and stackoverflow. There are also many irc channels.

                                                         Regards, Faheem

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