Stories
Slash Boxes
Comments
NOTE: use Perl; is on undef hiatus. You can read content, but you can't post it. More info will be forthcoming forthcomingly.

All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

use Perl Log In

Log In

[ Create a new account ]

Ron Savage (5224)

Ron Savage
  (email not shown publicly)

Journal of Ron Savage (5224)

Saturday January 12, 2008
10:56 PM

Dell Does Debian

[ #35379 ]

In the middle of last year I bought a Dell Latitude C400 2nd hand, after using it for about 10 months. It ran WinXFP (sic). And it had a superb screen. So far so good.

Being a small lappie it has no CD drive, and there's only 7 Gb free on the hard disk.

And I want Debian on it, to match my dual-boot home PC.

Well, now I've converted it to dual-boot, but it took a few steps:
o Get into BIOS. Oops. Kbd is locked up
o Upgrade hard disk from 20 Gb to 80 Gb.
o Upgrade BIOS
o Get into BIOS. Oops. There's no option to boot from a USB device. How to install Debian?
o Swap drive into friend's IBM lappie
o He boots from a Ubuntu V 6 disk because he likes the partition editor
o Resize 1 partition to be 3:
-- WinXFP 30 Gb
-- Debian 48 Gb
-- Swap 2 Gb (for a 1 Gb RAM machine)
o Now boot Debian (etch) disk and install
o Reinstall hard disk in Dell
o Boot to command line since X is confused
o Run dpkg-config and friend reconfigs X with great skill
o Reboot into GUI. Yay!
o Spend hours installing desired software:
-- gcc
-- Apache + mod_perl + mod_fastcgi
-- Postgres
-- TrueCrypt
-- Firefox
-- FileZilla
-- CPAN and friends (copied ~/.cpan from desktop)
-- PgAdmin
-- Emacs
-- Open Flash Chart. Yay!
-- Expat
-- A few directories from the desktop
(This makes me think someone ported The Neverending Story to Debian).
o I love flash drives

Almost finished - Time for a swim,

The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
 Full
 Abbreviated
 Hidden
More | Login | Reply
Loading... please wait.