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Ron Savage (5224)

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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,

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