[linux-audio-user] A little scared of Debian, was Fresh PC waiting for basic installation - Advice?

anahata anahata at treewind.co.uk
Fri Jul 9 09:50:52 EDT 2004

On Fri, Jul 09, 2004 at 12:55:45PM +0000, Alejandro Lopez wrote:

> But I've just come accross this article:
> http://www.debianplanet.org/node.php?id=831
> entitled "An Unbiased Review of Debian 3.0". They say things like you are 
> supposed to know the name of your drivers (name of the files, not the name 
> of the hardware to be supported that usually comes as a description in a 
> database!).

I haven't read that review (yet) but it's not that bad. Debian comes with
a program modconf for picking driver and other modules to install, and
it lists them together with 1-line descriptions of what the driver does.
That's really usually enough, and modconf relieves you of having to mess
around with modprobe, insmod and editing the files in the /etc/module*

> I have installed Debian years ago, then Redhat recently. I've found Debian 
> installation a nightmare compared to Redhat

Initially yes. Once it's all working, Debian's the package management 
system is far more bullet proof than rpm.

A good compromise is to install a Debian version that has better hardware
detection and initial installation program like Libranet
(www.libranet.com) and then carry on with Debain's apt-get (or your
choice of tool) to keep things up to date.

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