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Re: now what syndrome

if you are interested in getting X running on that 8500, or getting a
slightly more optimised kernel check out:


hope it helps.


on 02.12.11 4:36 PM, Jon Olsen at jolsen@countrymedia.net wrote:

> hi.  I'm a debian newbie in a pretty big way.
> I installed potato from CD (the $9.95 price for the potato build
> was easier for me to swing than the $21 for woody) on a Powermac
> 8500/200 with 128 MB of RAM and 2 2GB scsi drives (1 is partitioned
> for boot, root, usr, var and a small mac partition, the other is
> all for home).  
> I use BootX 1.2.2 to boot the system.  I got everything partitioned
> and installed and it loads up nicely (is that a picture of Tux
> holding a *beer* during the boot sequence?! very amusing).  And I
> guess I installed the right packages because it installed without
> complaining (that I could see).
> So there's a sort of "now what" feeling in me.  I was able to use
> lynx to hunt around some of the file system and I feel comfortable
> with things like changing directories and so forth. I logged on as
> me (instead of root) and I feel good about that.
> BUT 
> I guess what I'm asking is, does anyone have suggestions vis a vis
> a good starting place?  I mean, I can read man files all day--
> although I could use a tip for generating additional workspace so I
> can bounce between a man file and trying out the instructions--but
> *which* man files should I look to first?  I'm such a GUI victim I
> don't know what to do-- I miss having a help window open while I
> work.  
> The first time I did the install I think I screwed up X because
> when I entered startx after logging it, it greyed the screen and
> did nothing ever again.  So now I'm a little gun shy and I've
> decided I'd like to navigate and use the command line.
> Also, I use my other macs and wintels for you know, the usual--
> word processing, checking  mail, research, spreadsheet work, and
> fun n' games.  I just went with a "standard" install-- of course
> maybe I should have documented by hand what packages I loaded.  So
> far I can't get online, don't know how to print and I don't know
> what work I can do.
> For example, if this were a mac, I could go to my tcp/ip control
> panel and make sure I'm seeing my firewall and I could go to a
> browser to test if I'm getting beyond my firewall, etc.  And I can
> go see other macs on the network.   If this were a wintel machine,
> I could go to the start menu and open up the help files and pore
> over them in a window on the left while jumping from application to
> application in a window on the right.  And in either case I could
> be typing poetry and stories and printing or emailing them to
> friends.  Or retouching my photos to give myself a third eye while
> holding a spear of fire.  That kind of thing.
> So I'm at that point where I'm realizing the trade off of user
> friendliness for *power* is backfiring a bit.  Because now I
> supposedly have all this power and I'm uncertain as to what to do
> with it.  I now have enough knowledge to be dangerous.  I think.
> I hope someone can gently prod me in the right direction.  I'm glad
> to be here in the sense that it was easier than I thought it would
> be, but now I'm scared and the wolves are after me.
> JonO 
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