Re: Overwhelmed newbie
Andy Streich wrote:
On Friday 16 September 2005 12:55 pm, Kjetil Kjernsmo wrote:
Most importantly, this is _debian_-user. If you want to advocate
other distributions willy-nilly, it's not the place.
That kind of isolationism is something I think you will find very little
support for in the free software community. I think most people will
agree that we want to direct people to what is best for them.
I am also an overwhelmed newbie, one who could not have been using Debian for
the last 9 months without the kind (and sometimes terse and abrupt) help from
people on this list. It takes a remarkable amount of dedication and time to
become comfortable configuring a desktop Debian system on a machine with
modest resources where you can't run KDE or GNOME without a significant
KDE and Gnome will hog resources on any distribution. I have heard that
xfce is something of a compromise between bloatware and friendliness, so
you may wish to try that.
The choice of window managers for a desktop systems is, to really go out on a
limb, fairly important. The best advice I've gotten is that I should just
start installing and trying out all the others. That's not too appealing but
I accept the reality.
The best window manager is the one that gets in your way the least.
I keep staring at my Ubuntu disks and wondering if I should switch horses.
Yet I can't begin to estimate the costs involved -- in terms of my time and
in the quality and maintainability of the resulting system. Would a few
months of using Ubuntu cause me to come running back to Debian? I have no
Any pointers to useful reading material would be appreciated.
You could try Martin's book, The Debian System, which is highly rated,
although I haven't seen it. http://debiansystem.info. Apart from that,
there's always the Debian Reference http://www.debian.org/doc, which
isn't perfect, but is probably the closest online thing that Debian has
to a manual.
You could also be a little more specific in terms of actual problems
that you are facing.