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Re: Got it working!!! More questions!

on Fri, Mar 30, 2001 at 08:30:12AM -0500, Shawn Garbett (shawn.garbett@thetausa.com) wrote:
> I  got my first Debian system up and running. Now for the tasking of 
> configuring it for my needs.


> Now when I upgraded to KDE 2.1.1 it overwrote some of my ppp 
> configuration stuff somewhere in the process. I probably said, Y when I 
> should have said N somewhere. wvdial dials and connects. I can ping 
> numerical IP addresses, but I can't ping named addresses. 

You need to get your ISP's DNS server addresses and add them as
nameservers in /etc/resolv.conf like:


(the above are Mindspring's DNS servers, they may or may not work for
you, you should get values from your ISP).

> I found the DNS info I had given it earlier as provided by my ISP in
> the /etc directory, but the static gateway info was missing. 

I don't believe you need static gateway info.

> It seems it should be in the /etc/gateways file, but I can't figure
> out the syntax. I know the IP address, I know it's a static gateway
> and I know the name of the site, but I don't know how to fill out the
> gateways file. Is there some automated tool I could run? Under RedHat
> I just used kppp and it worked fine. Can't download kppp now that my
> connection is broken.
> Also, what's the best options for reading email 

Mutt.  Plain and simple.  Mutt.  Nothing else comes close.  It's a
"console mode" application, but runs fine under a console window.

> under X and browsing.  I was figuring on trying kmail and konqueror at
> first. I hear bad remarks about Netscape and Mozilla all the time.
> What else is there?

If you're already using KDE, Konqueror's pretty nice.  I mostly use w3m
and Mozilla on new boxen, though I'm holding out hope for Skipstone and
Galeon.  I've reviewed a number of browsers at


Netscape *is* pretty bad, but (surprise) it's one of the lighter
browsers out there.  I've still got the old (3.0*) versions installed on
one of my systems, just to try them out from time to time.  Mozilla's
definitely usable, and improving rapidly.

Karsten M. Self <kmself@ix.netcom.com>    http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
 What part of "Gestalt" don't you understand?       There is no K5 cabal
  http://gestalt-system.sourceforge.net/         http://www.kuro5hin.org

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