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Newbie bull brings own china shop.


I am a relative Newbie to Linux and totally new to Debian and this list. My first questions, which I hope aren't like the above subject, is how closely related is Xandros (formerly Corel) to Debian? Is it close enough that list members wouldn't mind me posting problems to this list or is that verbotten? I know that Debian has a long and honored reputation of not including commercial software, but does that mean that no attempt is made to support commercial products, for example getting Win4Lin, Star Office or Codeweavers' Office and plug in products to run on Debian? Can such issues be posted to the list?

At this time, I am trying to get a working Linux version installed on my daughter's Fujitsu-Siemens Celvin EasyPC. This PC has no legacy serial or parallel ports, supports USB 1.1 and like the iMac, comes without a built-in floppy drive. I have tried Mandrake PowerPack 9, SuSE 7.3 Pro and Xandros 1. I have had problems with all of these with regards to getting the SiS 900 Fast Ethernet driver (Ethernet built into motherboard) to work properly. As the computer is connected to our home WAN/LAN, she hasn't been able to access the Internet or brows the Intranet. I am now in the process of burning the Debian 3 rev1 CDs and was wondering if there were any helpful comments or suggestions to any of the above.



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