Re: Debian Sarge on SATA
Simon Meelich wrote:
YOU'RE THE MAN!!!!! Thanks a lot for the advise with Etch. It worked
without any problems, you stopped a three day pain... :-)
Very glad to see it worked! When I had to install to an old drive,
then transfer to the newer ones, it was really a PITA.
Be careful with Etch. Watch the 'debian-user' list for signs that
it's a bad time to update stuff. As long as there's no major security
breaches discovered, you might be best off leaving a working system
alone as much as possible.
Having said that, I think you'll be just fine. Have fun!
I recommend reading some documentation. Look around in
/usr/share/doc, browse the list of docs at www.tldp.org, consider
installing the 'rutebook' package (if you're a newbie... though I may
be being presumptuous here), and definitely read the Debian Reference
and the APT-HOWTO (both in /usr/share/doc/Debian on my Sarge machine
here). The reading can be long and tiresome (so take notes), but it
pays off _very_ quickly.
Quite a few folks have problems getting sound and printers to work
with Linux, so just don't get frustrated too easily. Just today I
cured myself of a bad case of idiocy after running Debian for almost a
year now: I had somehow installed the BSD-style 'lpr' package, which
was trying to talk to a printer on my parallel port; unfortunately,
there is nothing connected to my parallel port, and I actually have a
USB printer that I access through CUPS. Installing 'cupsys-bsd' a few
hours ago made everything work (finally)!
If you want to learn how Debian works under the hood, pick up a
copy of Krafft's _The Debian System_. The most professional and
readable reference on system administration -- understanding Unix file
systems, handling user accounts and permissions, etc. -- that I've
ever seen is Frisch's _Essential System Administration_.
Like I said... have fun!