Originally Posted by snowpine
First suggestion is to try a completely clean install. It sounds like you have a lot of legacy settings and configs. Maybe you are also using a legacy filesystem like ext3?
I believe that Lenny was stable when I did the install. It was several months ago. Squeeze was still in testing, if I remember right.
That's what I suspected was happening. I knew it was something that I did. I will do a clean install this time. I will test transferring my VirtualBox to a new install using a different computer first. I have software there that I can't afford to lose. It's a pain to install, and reactivate.
I believe that I am using a journaled file system, although cfdisk shows ext3. I thought that ext3 was what some of the journaling systems used as their base.
Second suggestion is to try an alternate kernel geared towards desktop performance. Lenny uses kernel 2.6.26 I believe; there have been a lot of improvements since. I personally use the Liquorix kernel: http://liquorix.net
I believe that was my second mistake. I am using a bpo kernel.
Linux debian 2.6.32-bpo.5-686 #1 SMP Fri Jun 11 22:20:29 UTC 2010 i686 GNU/Linux
Finally, if you really enjoyed using Sid (it's got a lot going for it) but want a quick shortcut to get it up and running, check out aptosid and you'll have a working Sid install in less than 15 minutes: http://aptosid.com
I appreciate that info. Getting sid working in 15, OK maybe 30, minutes is not hard. It's just that if I do any updates sometimes things break, even with apt-listbugs. And I don't think I ever got flash working 100%.
I will check out aptosid. I will for sure look at the kernel you mentioned. It has been quite a while since I did any reading on Linux. I didn't even know anything like the Liquorix kernel existed.
Thanks for your info.
And yes, I really was happy with sid. I lost important data several times while running Windows. I never lost anything at all running sid, or Linux. 6 years on Debian.
Thanks again for your suggestions. They are much appreciated.