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Over several years of using Linux distros (Debian happens to be my fave) and BSDs for my primary computing, I've picked up the odd piece of useful info.
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Debootstrap Yourself, or "What is a good distro for my old computer?" (2)

Posted 12-01-2009 at 09:28 PM by ofaring (Debian, This That and the Other)
Updated 12-04-2009 at 09:53 AM by ofaring (Just a couple of minor changes.)

And why am I doing this instead of a normal install? Well, that involves a rain storm, an experiment, and an eBay purchase. The end result was not being able to boot from the CD-ROM. Since it's too old to boot from USB, and flashy new Linux kernels have forsaken floppy installs, my options narrowed considerably. During the course of my research I stumbled across "debootstrap", and the rest is written below.

This entry is the continuation of this post.

An obvious...
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"What is a good distro for my old computer?" (1)

Posted 11-24-2009 at 10:35 PM by ofaring (Debian, This That and the Other)

Toshiba Satellite 2590CDT, ~1999, 400 MHz Celeron, 192 MB RAM.

Yeah, baby. I'm using the old girl right now with Kate (based on KDE 3.5.10, more on that later.)

It seems to be a common question. Truth is, most of them would work. You just have to learn some of their ins/outs and then set up according to your needs. Of course, there are some which are almost entirely inappropriate for this 400 MHz Celeron processor with 192 MB of RAM. Take source-based distros like...
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On Slackware and Unix Idealism

Posted 11-04-2009 at 07:30 PM by ofaring (Debian, This That and the Other)
Updated 11-04-2009 at 10:51 PM by ofaring
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My first foray into Linux was in 1997 when a cousin handed me a CD and said, "Go for it." Well, he didn't offer any help other than that, and being a Win95/3.1 user who had only begun to get into computers, that didn't fly. But after the release of Red Hat 6, I tried again. I got further in that, mostly because they were making an effort to make it installable for newbies who knew squat about Unix. Still, though, I quickly got discouraged by such lofty topics as printer setup and getting...
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Online Radio Fun

Posted 11-04-2009 at 07:05 PM by ofaring (Debian, This That and the Other)
Updated 04-19-2010 at 03:38 PM by ofaring (slight update)

In the spirit of old hardware and minimalism I've set up my fave radio stations in a little bash script. Perhaps not the most elegant solution, but it works for me. Especially since I employ Debian Multimedia's mplayer-nogui package.

Code:
#!/bin/sh
#
# This is my online radio station list/script. Simple and relatively easy
# to use, it gets the job done without an irritating GUI.
#
# Electronica #
OPTIONS="--Electronica--- DI.Trance Proton.Radio
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Set that sudo up.

Posted 09-29-2009 at 07:54 PM by ofaring (Debian, This That and the Other)
Updated 12-06-2009 at 09:24 AM by ofaring

This isn't a howto but rather a basic example on setting up "sudo".

Sudo is an excellent tool to aid your pursuit of security and unnecessary root usage. Regardless of what certain individuals will say, and unfortunately some of them even put distros together, using the root account all the time is begging for trouble. So...

Is it already installed on your Debian system? While you might be using aptitude or synaptic, my preference is for apt-get.
Code:
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