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Re: Debian vs. Fedora on Laptops


I installed FC1 in my laptop... had problems... installed FC2, had
problems... installed Debian Sarge... no problem ;-)

> 1. I am still a Linux newbie.  Most of the install issues, both with
> the OS and with applications, have been taken care of for me with the
> slick install wizard and the RPM-based installations.  How much of a
> learning curve would one be faced with from Fedora to Debian?

Well, apt-get install does miracles... much better than in fedora,
although you can use synaptics in FC. The installation is nice with the
new installer that come with sarge... but not even close to fedora. fedora
is better-looking, but not much easier.

> 2. I have been reading two books, "Linux Pocket Guide," by O'Reilly,
> and "Beginning Linux Programming," by Wrox.  Both tend to stress Red
> Hat and Fedora.  Will these books still be of use to me on Debian?

Probably not. You'll face differences on where the hell the system stores
the XYZ file... but this is easy to get from the web.

> 3. My primary machine is a laptop (Toshiba 5005-S507).  Most of the
> info I can find on Google, pertaining to laptops, is for Fedora or
> Mandrake.  How well does Debian handle laptops?  Any URLs would be
> GREATLY appreciated.

try this: http://tuxmobil.org/toshiba.html there are some similar to yours
with debian (labeled only linux)

> 4. My second biggest problem on Fedora was/is wireless support.  I am
> currently using FC2 with Linuxant's DriverLoader software on my
> Linksys WPC54G PCMCIA NIC.  Be honest; am I going to be crying if I
> try to set this up?

sorry... never tried in debian

> 5. And, finally, my biggest problem, and one of the reasons I am
> looking to leave Fedora, is ACPI.  I have to bypass it with later
> versions of the FC2 kernel and with the base install of FC3.  And,
> unfortunately, there are problems with my NIC if I bypass it.  How
> tightly integrated is ACPI with Debian?  Any chance I can get away
> from these issues by switching from Fedora to Debian.

yeah... I know what you mean... when I switched off my laptop it ALWAYS
rebooted with both FC1 and FC2. With debian it runs smoothly. But that was
only in my laptop... you know...

hope it helps



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