OK. I'm going to try this one more time. So far every time I've tried to reply my browser crashes. It's nothing to do with LQ but rather with another site I think. This time I'm writing this reply in a text editor and even if Opera crashes on me I'll still have my message. So, here goes...
Yes I do use nvidia on my other computer which also runs debian. This computer runs some sort of nvidia compatible card or something but I never compiled the proper nvidia driver for it.
With regards to debian tips, I have a few. One is: try it, debian rocks! It's a little more manual but the package management is second to none and it runs lighter than most other distros. You're right, as a result of the package management you only really need the first CD. Then you can apt-get the rest of the system. It helps to have a broadband connection. If you don't (like me) you have to set it over night and in the morning you have an updated system.
My debian installation tips are as follows.
1. If you want a newer kernel (2.4.18) straight off the bat, then at the "boot:" prompt type "bf24". If you just press enter then you get 2.2.20. Press F3 for more boot options.
2. You do have the option of using apt at first install but I wouldn't. the automated install never seems to get the "sources.list" configuration right. You can always install other things later.
3. Don't install too many modules (possibly none at all), it's pretty easy to do later.
4. Do NOT run tasksel or dselect. Tasksel is clumsy and will install a whole bunch of stuff you weren't expecting and dselect just made me want to cry the first time I saw it. Additional programs can be gotten later through apt-get.
5. I don't configure exim (option 5) but if you use it than this may be a good time.
6. Once the automated install is over, set up your internet connection and your "/etc/apt/sources.list" file. Type "man sources.list" and follow the examples they have there. Check out www.debian.org
for a list of mirror sites near you.
7. Once you have done all that type "apt-get update" and then "apt-get dist-upgrade". The latter command ugrades your system to either testing or unstable (which you'll probably want unless you're running a server) as stable is a little old. I recommend testing because it's not as bleeding edge and it's much easier to go from testing to unstable than vice versa.
8. Now, just install the packages you want (all dependencies are take care of for you) by typing "apt-get install <package names>". Multiple packages can be specified at once. Common package names include:
* x-window-system (xfree86 and dependencies)
* kde, gnome, wmaker, blackbox, fluxbox (Your choice of DE or WM)
* mozilla, mozilla-firebird, galeon, konqueror, lynx (Your choice of browser. If you want opera you can d/l the .deb package from their site directly. It's not available through apt-get)
* tk8.2 (and/or libncurses5), make, gcc, bin86, libc6-dev (packages necessary to compile your own kernel)
That's about all. If you want some good links here's one about installing debian: http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=2016
. And here's one about kernel comilation: http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=2949
. They're both by the same author and the one about compilation helped me a lot.