A couple of weeks ago I wrote a review of OpenSUSE. As one of the bigger distributions I asked the question whether OpenSUSE is a real alternative to Ubuntu.
The Debian Site
and then download the KDE live ISO.
I used Unetbootin to copy the Debian distribution to a USB drive, plugged it into the Samsung R20 and booted it up.
A menu appeared with a list of options and I chose to boot into the live image. I always do this to make sure I won't have any problems when it comes to accessing the internet and to make sure there are no glaring issues.
On this occasion I noticed that I couldn't connect to the internet. I referred to the Debian documentation and I came across this nugget of information which explained the situation fully.
What you have to do is download a firmware zip file and unzip it to a folder called firmware under the root directory of the USB drive.
I did just that and restarted the machine and I was now able to connect to my home broadband service and my mobile broadband provider.
I played around a bit more with the distribution before going for the full installation but no other serious issues occurred so I decided to go for it.
The Debian installer works really well and is fairly easy to use. Choose your language, keyboard, timezone, enter the hostname, choose a root password and create a standard user.
The partitioning section gives you the option of choosing a guided installation or to go for a custom one. I chose the guided installation and I chose to use the entire disk. At this point I am given the option to create one big partition or to create a home and root partition or go for the third option which creates separate home, tmp, var and usr partitions. I went for the home and root partition to separate the operating system from my user files. By default Debian sets aside space for a swap partition.
After creating the partitions and formatting them the files are copied and installed to the system and the grub partitioning section starts.
At this point I came across issues.
grub-pc failed to install into /target/I was given the opportunity at this point to try again or continue. Trying again did nothing. Pressing continue gave me the option to use LILO instead. Attempting to install LILO gave a similar error.
I tried various methods to get past this error but in the end I gave up and rebooted the USB drive and this time instead of booting into the live image I chose the text install option.
The text install option gives you all the same options as the graphical installer used within the live image. This time however I had no issues at the GRUB install stage and at last Debian was installed.
The Debian KDE live image provides a fairly blank canvas. In the bottom left corner is the K symbol which brings up the KDE menu and in the bottom right corner a series of icons such as an audio icon, list of recently accessed files, network connections, plugged in devices, notifications, battery monitor and of course the clock.
The bottom bar (or panel) can be completely customised and this will be discussed later. You can also add further panels.
Connecting to the internet
Debian -> Accessibility
- XMAG - Magnifies an area of the screen
Debian -> Data Management
- OpenOffice ORG Base - Database
Debian -> Editors
Debian -> File Management
- K3b - disk burning
Debian -> Graphics
- ImageMagick - Image editing
- OpenOffice Draw - Image editing
- GIMP - Image editing
- XWindow - Screenshot
Debian -> Network -> Communication
- MUTT - command line email client
- Telnet - Telnet client
- XBIFF - Shows new mail
Debian -> Network -> Web Browsing
- Iceweasel - Web browser
- W3M - text based browser
Debian -> Office
- OpenOffice Writer - Word processing
- OpenOffice Calc - Spreadsheets
- OpenOffice Impress - Presentation
Debian -> Programming
- Beanshell (text) - Scripting language
- Beanshell (window) - Scripting language
- Python - Scripting language
- Ruby - Scripting language
- TCLSh - Tool Command Language
Debian -> Science -> Mathematics
- OpenOfficeOrg Math
Debian -> Shells
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Flash and MP3
Customising the desktop
Thankyou for reading.