On 2/2/07, Incoming <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Before anyone decides to engage in infantile gibberish, otherwise known as rants or flames, don't waste my time.
Oh the irony!
There are nicer ways to ask for help you know. Starting of by flaming
people, then preemptively trying to make them refrain from flaming you
isn't going to help much.
Anyway, some general pointers for the Debian newbie:
1) docs are in order of preference: man-pages,
/usr/share/doc/<packagename>, info-pages, the config files themselves,
the various debian docs (available on the website), google, this
mailinglist (see google) and then everything else.
2) If you want something more easy to configure as a desktop system,
use ubuntu. It caters to your kind of user. In Debian everything Just
Works(TM) but not the way you expect it to.
3) whenever trying to configure something, first find out what package
you need. (search with aptitude or synaptic) Make sure they are
installed. Read the portions in /usr/share/doc. If you don't know
where to start for installing software, at least read the relevant
portions of the installation guide, or you'll end up getting flamed a
packagenames for your problems:
printing - cups (install it and browse to localhost:631 or something)
multimedia - there's xine, mplayer, vlc. You can use totem as the
frontend for xine (install totem-xine). You need w32codecs for a lot
of the formats out there (uses windows codecs for playback). There are
packages available from debian-multimedia.org
- From: Incoming <email@example.com>