Re: New Member
On Jul 12, 2007, at 1:30 PM, Mr. Shawn H. Corey wrote:
I have recently signed up to your mailing list and would like to
introduce myself. (I have been lurking for a few days to get a
feel for this list.)
I have been using computers for many, many years and UNIX since
S5R4. And yes, that means I have done some sysadmin. (I even have
a B manual, B the language before C; I never used it but I can
answer questions you may have on it. In other words, I am very
comfortable with *NIX.)
I have a PowerBook G4 running Ubuntu 7.04. And it's crappy. So,
I'm looking for alternatives.
First, I'd like to know how to convert my system over to Debian. I
have looked at the website (and noticed that a complete Debian is
22 CDs), so I'm asking what's the best way to convert my machine to
Except for any Mac specific boot problems which I can't help you with:
1. A network which starts with a single CD is easy, especially
someone with your skills.
2. The 22 CD's contain all the Debian packages that exist. You
won't need that many of the packages. The first one or two will
get you most of what you want and then you get the rest from the
Second, what's involved in this "install from network"? The
website says you must know what you're doing but leaves no clue
about what information I need to do it successfully.
If you are using DHCP and are connected to ethernet you probably
don't have to know anything. Otherwise you need to know the IP
address and netmask.
Third, how do I determine what drivers I need? Ubuntu really sucks
at this. I'm trying to avoid a repeat.
While Ubuntu is installed use tools like lspci to determine your
hardware and you will probably be fine. If there are other Mac
specific driver problems someone else will probably jump in here and
Just in case you want to know what inspired me, see:
I guess that what I'm really asking is, "Can Debian give me a
system I use?" A tough question which I don't expect you to
answer. That is, not directly. But I'm dipping my toe in the
waters to see if I like it.
The only trouble I had with my last PowerBook was the wireless
driver. I haven't actually installed Debian on this PowerBook yet.
I'm just using the FreeBSD under the OS X.
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