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Re: A idea for newbies.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Palmer." <davidpalmer@westnet.com.au>
To: <debian-user@lists.debian.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 16:19
Subject: Re: A idea for newbies.

> On Tue, 18 Nov 2003 10:39:03 -0600
> "Hoyt Bailey" <hoyt13@wiredok.com> wrote:
> > If you have a machine that is newer than "Woody" you may run into
> > difficulties that you cant solve.  This list is a great help but it
> > takes time.  After spending a couple of weeks resolving X wont boot
> > and Modem wont work I must admit to being flustered
> > I spent 36 hours (approx) downloading libranet classic 2.7.
> > Transfered the iso to CD and booted.  Outside of having to configure
> > PPP(it didnt know my name, or my ISP, or its phone #).  The system
> > worked.   I did in two days what I couldnt do it 2 weeks.
> > The system isnt perfect but I'm a lot closer now than I was.
> > Just an idea if you think it might work for you.
> > Regards;
> > Hoyt
> >
> I started off that way. I bought the discs for Libranet 2.0 originally,
> and then 2.8.1., and it has been a great way to familiarize myself with
> 'surface' Debian. There is one hiccup though, depending on which way you
> want to go. You can tie yourself up for ever becoming familiar with this
> app, and that one, and there are thousands of them. If that's all you
> want, great. If not, it can distract you from breaking through the GUI
> and getting your hands dirty.
> How I am using the situation now is retaining Libranet as a main system,
> online so that I have uninterrupted access to docs, and doing up a
> couple of Fujitech 486 desktop units that I got for nothing, one as a
> standalone firewall (Bastille, to learn about firewalls), and the other
> as a mail server to learn about mail programmes and spamassassin,
> clamav, etc., and build-up and learn about networking that way.
> 2.7 is a good system, and with selective apt-getting/removing you can
> get an even better one. Yes, Libranet is a great way to go for Newbies.
> Regards,
> David.
I have just completed an apt-get upgrade with all that intails.  I dont
believe I would have gotten to this point for another couple of months
otherwise.  Now I can go about building the system I want.

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