I bought this system from a local shop:
CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
Motherboard - Asus P5Q -- on board LAN + audio
RAM - OCZ 2Gig 1066
Hard Drive - ST3500320AS
DVDRW - Samsuung SH-S223F-BEBN
Video Card - Asus EN9600GT-HDTI-512
I first tried to install Fedora 9, which went well up to setting the network connection. It turns out I need to compile and load the manufacturers module for LAN. Would not be a show stopper, except the dependencies are not available - kernel source that is. And just my luck, the only way to install any package in Fedora 9 has to be from an online source. I stopped short of editing the yum configuration files to use local repositories - which I never did before, but according to advice received should work.
I figured I would save myself a lot of hassle - plus I might get lucky with a default LAN driver - if I just switch to Debian.
This is where the big surprise happened. I downloaded and burned the Debian latest stable release 4.xx, and tried to install. The installation started ok, went into GUI mode, asked about language and keyboard, and then .. asked for the CD module! There is no CD, only DVD, and the program was already using it to start the installation
- compiling network module a big hassle in Fedora 9 - no idea why installing rpms was crippled
- Debian 4 does not recognize my DVD - I would expect more from a distro that champions completeness
- Might I have better luck with other distros?
- Not that I could fix it myself, but how come the Debian DVD sees my DVD and uses it, and then asks for a driver for it?