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debian fascination

Postby Wizard » 2018-02-18 11:57

I realize that this is a dumb question and a start to this forum; however, I have thought about trying Debian for years now. I am not command line knowledgeable, and have run distro's based on Debian. wanted to try the original source of all of these distros. i have asked very advanced linux users who run debian and they all said it was difficult to set up and install and get it working compared to the others i have used. especially for someone with my lack of knowledge. so - how difficult is it to get it all happening. I run older thinkpads. thank you.
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Re: debian fascination

Postby Wizard » 2018-02-18 13:10

Ok Thanks! I appreciate all of the help.
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Re: debian fascination

Postby MALsPa » 2018-02-18 13:24

Getting Debian installed and set up really isn't all that difficult if you do your resarch and read. If you decide to dive in, you could come back here and answer your own question. :)
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Re: debian fascination

Postby kedaha » 2018-02-18 13:25

Hi,
As Carl Sagan wrote, "There is no such thing as a dumb question."
Wizard wrote: i have asked very advanced linux users who run debian and they all said it was difficult to set up and install and get it working compared to the others i have used. especially for someone with my lack of knowledge. so - how difficult is it to get it all happening.

I may not be a very advanced linux user but I've used Debian for many years. In my view, little if any command line knowledge is necessary to run a stable Debian desktop system but it may be useful to get everything set up and properly configured initially, which is very easy in comparison with the kind of expertise needed for advanced stuff or for server administration. You should read the Installation Guide though and consult any other relevant documentation if necessary. And of course, if there are any snags, then help is available.
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Re: debian fascination

Postby Hallvor » 2018-02-18 14:27

Debian isn't that difficult: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB-gmnvYDao
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Re: debian fascination

Postby pawRoot » 2018-02-18 14:55

it's not Arch :mrgreen:
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Re: debian fascination

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2018-02-18 16:06

Wizard wrote:I run older thinkpads

You will need non-free firmware for the wireless card (probably) so try the unofficial non-free Debian ISO images that already include such things.

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Re: debian fascination

Postby Wizard » 2018-02-18 20:59

Ok thank you everyone - i will have to read through the installation ifo - but when i scanned it that also seemed to make things that more difficult. many thanks.
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Re: debian fascination

Postby debiman » 2018-02-19 14:12

i have to say, when i started to read documentation instead of just installing distros willy-nilly, it was not debian's.
what i'm trying to say, i think debian's labyrinthine conglomerate of websites can be very off-putting to somebody who at least tried to do use the wiki before giving up or posting here.

nowadays i'm more comfortable with the quagmire of FLOSS documentation.

debian aren't the only ones, but afaik their websites sport a unique combination of outdated community contributions & an almost kafkaesque Bureaucracy. even the search engines are complicated.
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Re: debian fascination

Postby mike acker » 2018-02-19 23:13

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
Wizard wrote:I run older thinkpads

You will need non-free firmware for the wireless card (probably) so try the unofficial non-free Debian ISO images that already include such things.

ProTip: enter the emboldened phrase above into your favourite search engine to find the images.



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Re: debian fascination

Postby cds60601 » 2018-02-21 23:37

If you have installed Ubuntu, then you will find that the installs are similar.
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