I’ve been wrestling with my file server for most of the past five days. I decided to upgrade the OS from Slackware 13.0, which was running like a charm, to 13.1, primarily hoping there might be drivers to better support my new 17″ monitor which I picked up for 40 bucks from a fellow who […]
Then I fixed it. The new laptop arrived Friday afternoon. I spend Friday afternoon and evening doing basic configuration and Saturday fine-tuning it.
I’ve described installing Debian before, here, here, here, and here. By default, Debian installs with the Gnome desktop; other choices can be made at installation. Still other choices can be made later. (Try changing your desktop on Windows–you can change the wallpaper and some of the icons, but that’s about it. You can’t change the […]
My Dell Inspiron 6000 died this yesterday morning. I woke up just in time to watch the display fade to black. Everything else works; I hooked it up to a monitor and am using it right now, but its days a portable are over.
I have been a rabid Opera fanboy since Opera v. 3. I now have gotten Opera on the netbook that I discussed here. Here’s how I did it (hint: it worked the same as if I were on regular laptop or desktop):
As a little explanation, I specify Gnome in the title because, with other Linux desktops, there can be other file managers. They all do pretty much the same thing, but they can look different. Fun Fact: Google runs on Linux. If you have never used Linux, I think you will find browsing your files and […]
Here’s a quick tour of the default Debian desktop. This is the Debian 4 v 5 desktop, but I looked at some screenshots of Debian 5, which just came out, and it doesn’t seem to have changed much. This is not a HOWTO. It’s the highlights of WHATIS. For a detailed description of the contents […]
Most of the work of the Debian installation is done. There are a few loose ends before we can walk away and let the computer do its thing.
This is where experienced Windows users can find themselves on foreign territory. The phrases “C drive” or “harddisk 0” mean nothing to Linux. Linux can read and write to Windows file systems (FAT, FAT32, and NTFS) but cannot run on them. Accordingly, the hard disk must be set up in a way that Linux understands. […]
Debian is one of the oldest Linux distros and has a reputation for not releasing an update until it is rock-solid stable. In the web install, a small image is burned to a CD and the bulk of the software is retrieved from the web, so that the computer must be connected to the internet. […]