Re: Moving from RedHat to Debian
> I've been using RedHat for about eight months, but I'd like to switch
> to Debian. Is there any easy way to do this, or is it going to be a
> painful transition? Also, what's the best way to go about installing
> Debian? I have a fast connection, so I'm wondering if an ftp install
> is the way to go? Any suggestions?
I have just done this and am very pleased with the transition so far.The installation is straightforward.( I do not have experience with an ftp installation )
I recommend installing from a bootable CD. Consider the boxed-CD set from http://www.valinux.com ( $20).
This includes :
Learning Debian GNU/Linux Book: 368 pages, written by Bill McCarty and published by O'Reilly
and, Debian GNU/Linux QuickStart Guide: 36 pages, written by Kameran Kashani
Read the installation guide and Release Notes for Slink at http://www.debian.org before you install.
It has kernel version 2.2.12 and XFree86, 3.3.4. I initially used "xf86config" to configure X , and then simply copied my "XF86Config" file that I used with Red Hat directly to " /etc/X11"
After installing the base system, I installed packages by selecting "tasks," ( you may choose a "profile" instead) and then installed additional applications, such as Netscape and KDE, using apt-get. I did not use "dselect" to select individual packages.After installation, you can remove packages you do not need with "dpkg." ( dpkg --purge "package" )Then you can upgrade your entire system using apt-get. Apt-get is an excellent application.
There are many differences between RH and Debian, but none substantial. This may be the subject of a " Red Hat to Debian : HOWTO " :-)