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GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams
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Dell Optiplex GX260 (Festival)


Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 was installed from a Debian CD-ROM (29 Nov 2002). This desktop machine is used for data analysis and desktop environment.

Lilo was replaced by grub.

The NIC (e1000) was not supported in the default 2.4.18 kernel. A kernel-image-2.4.19 was installed but again did not support the NIC. A kernel-image-2.4.20-pre11 was compiled for the machine (at the time the 2.4.20 was not released) and worked just fine. When it was released kernel-image-2.4.20 was installed and worked just fine (and the NIC worked after insmod e1000--add e1000 to /etc/modules).

Installed ssh to get things started with standard configs, startup files and passwd/group files copied from the server (Alpine (115.33)). Installed gdm and then run a simple script to place the standard setup files in the appropriate locations. Installed wajig to get the show on the road!

The on-board video was at first run using vesa because XFree86 4.2.1 does not have a driver for the 82845G AGP. It is supported in XFree86 4.3 (the i810 driver) which at the time was not released. The video works just fine. Until 4.3 is officially released you can add the following to /etc/apt/sources.list:

  deb http://www.penguinppc.org/~daniels/sid/$(ARCH) ./

and then do the following:

  $ wajig update
  $ update upgrade


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