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RE: X and TNT


I just went through the same process.  You need to install slink and then
set up the file /etc/apt/sources.list to include an debian X packages.  Then
just apt-get update and apt-get upgrade.  It downloads the new X packages
and installs then.  It was very easy.  Check the list archives for the
precise details of the server. it is ftp.netgod.org I think.  General
upgrades are accomplished in a similar fashion. I guess you could burn a CD
but it doesn't appear overly neccesary for the slink updates. Maybe wait for
potatoe to be released.

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Concannon [mailto:jmc@maine.rr.com]
Sent: Monday, July 12, 1999 11:05 AM
To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
Subject: Argh! I think my last msg sent as HTML...

If it did, I'm really sorry as this is one of my own personal pet
peeves....but I'm unfortunatly using Outlook Express 5 on a fresh Win98
install, and I'd forgotten to go in to the options and set to send as plain
text. Again, really sorry :(

I'm going to re-post the message here, in case anyone got the HTML-ized
version. *feels like an idiot*

Hello everyone,
    I have a machine that I'd like to setup with slink, but I have a few
questions that I'd appreciate it if someone could help me with first. I have
a RivaTNT video card in this machine, which I don't believe is supported in
the version of X that is in slink. I think it needs X 3.3.3 or newer. I have
access to a cdr, and I was wondering what the easiest way would be to
download any/all upgrades to the OS, not just XFree86, but anything else
that has been upgraded, where to download them, and any tips on making the
cd. Should I just grab the "proposed-updates" directory off of the FTP site?
I'm not sure if that contains what I need. I want a way that I can just burn
things onto a CD or two, then after the install type a line or two and
everything will auto-update itself. :)
    My second question is a little more specific. I use Time Warner's Road
Runner, a cable modem ISP. I have setup Linux various other times with
various other distributions (probably close to 20 installs total), yet have
spent (most likely) less than 5 hours in the actual OS. Why is this? Because
I always have difficulty getting my internet connectivity working, and for
me a computer with no internet access is about as useful as a pen with no
ink. I was wondering if anyone out there has had success setting up Road
Runner (not just any cable ISP, RR is different. We have a weird login
program [ugh] and all kinds of other nonsense) with Debian. I also know of
the rrlogin.c program, I've compiled it on other distributions and followed
the directions as best as I could, and I just couldn't get it to work. It
would let me type in login/password, and would go back to the prompt, but wh
en I'd run netscape, ftp, or try to ping an outside web address, it wouldn't
work. Yes, I know the proper netcard settings (I have a Linksys card that
uses the Tulip driver), and I've had success with configuring everything
before. But it seemed to be all trial-and-error. I want as much of a "screw
up free" method as possible. I don't mean to sound offensive, but I would
really rather hear from someone who got it working, not someone who typed
"road runner linux" into a search engine and copies URLs into a reply
    Lastly, this is just a general question. I'll outline the specs of this
system, and I'd *really* appreciate any insights/recommendations anyone can
offer me on possible conflicts, etc.

AMD K6-III 400
RivaTNT AGP vid card
SoundBlaster AWE64
Linksys EtherFast something-or-other that uses the Tulip netcard driver
Optiquest V95 19" monitor
Logitech MouseMan PS/2 mouse (3 button with a thumb button on the side)

Thanks to anyone who bothered to read this long message, and again, I
sincerely appreciate any/all help.

-Chris Concannon

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