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Re: Repost of some earlier described "challenges"

Mike McCarty(Mike.McCarty@sbcglobal.net) is reported to have said:
> Ron Johnson wrote:
>> On 09/25/07 21:33, Mike McCarty wrote:
> [snip]
>> USB keyboard?  (I've always been leery of them, because of the
>> mutually-exclusive HID and {o,u}chi drivers.
> Oops! I somehow neglected to specify...
> Ok, so how does one get a newer kernel, install it, and get
> all the memory available?

That question indicates, to me at least, that you don't know as much
about Debian as I thought you did.  That's not your fault, I 'assumed'
to much.  My answers, as well as others I think, assumed you knew more
than you do so were not as helpful as they might have been.  Yes, I do
recall that you run FC but I didn't realize it had become a turn-key
distro.  I haven't run RH since '92.

Admin'ing a Debian system requires the use of Debian tools and the
knowledge of how to use them.  Reading the man pages of aptitude,
apt-cache, and dpkg would be a good start.  She (you) do have those
packages installed, right?  

dpkg -l aptitude apt-cache dpkg 

Maybe the problems your GF (you) have been running into are due to not
keeping her system up to date.  Maybe she (you) didn't realize Debian
had that feature.  

I don't recall you saying which dist your GF is using.  Is she running
etch (stable) or what?  That in important for us to be able to assist
you (her).

She (you) might try do a aptitude update && aptitude upgrade to get,
whichever dist she (you) are running, up to date.  That may fix some
of her (your) problems.

Updating a kernel is no more then finding the kernels available for
the dist she is running, and then running 'aptitude install

This will not require her (you) to do any compiling.  If you want to
compile the kernel, look for, using  apt-cache search,
(linux-source | kernel-source).

Pardon me for being somewhat addled, I'm getting too old for this...


User n.:
        A programmer who will believe anything you tell him.

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