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GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams

Bach Install

Hostname bach
Broadcast optional
Domain togaware.com

Passwords using MD5 was turned off (DES instead used) as I think this is the same as the server of the network into which this host will connect.

The second IDE disk was formatted:

  # cfdisk /dev/hdb ; mkfs.ext3 /dev/hdb1

Then /etc/fstab was updated:

  /dev/hdb1 /ktnet/bach ext2 defaults,errors=remount-ro 0 0

After installing Debian a serious performance hit was noticed every time the disks were busy. In the X Window System, for example, the mouse would be extremely sluggish (for several seconds or more) and there was no hope of typing. It turned out that the parameters for the hard disk required tuning. Installing hdparm allowed the tuning to happen. See Section 26.4 for details.

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