Re: Overwhelmed newbie
Fritz Brown wrote:
Help! I have recently begun an attempt to install Debian on a Sony laptop (Mobile AMD K6-2 550MHz, 64MB RAM), and am thoroughly overwhelmed with choices about which I know nothing!
I only need the ability to dial-up and network, surf the internet (I have Opera for Linux ready to install), and do some Office type stuff (I have OpenOffice for Linux ready to install, as well) at this point. But, when installing, I am faced with long lists of packages that I must choose whether to install. Can anybody give me a good list of what to choose? I am installing Debian 3.0 r4 i3.
Please don't make me go back to Windows.... :(
Thanks in advance.
Debian doesn't make those choices for you. I suggest you read the
install guide, apt howto, and the Debian Reference for starters. Also
understand that most software should be installed from Debian
repositories, where it is available. (Opera isn't.) A common twosome
is Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird, giving you web, email, and news
You will want a windowing environment (xfree86) and a window manager or
desktop environment. Looking at your hardware, I would shy away from
the typical newbie choices of KDE and gnome, and perhaps install
something lighter like icewm or fvwm. wmaker is good, but perhaps not
for the newbie.