Here is the deal, my Bro-In-Law is a real linux buff, currently using Red hat 8.0
I have decided to take the plunge myself. i am not scrapping Windows, because there are so many games that I like that I can only play on M$ (unless wine does them, but that is for later.
First, my box...
PIV Prescott 3.0E
1GB (2x512MB) DDR 400 (set as dual DDR)
GigaByte GeForce 5950 Ultra 520MHz
Soundblaster Audigy ZS
1x 14" and 1x 15" CRT Generic Monitors
200GB, 8MB cache Seagate IDE HDD
The story so far.
I downloaded a woody ISO...
successfully repartitioned the free space on my disk, placed LILO in HDA2 and used th ntdlr (or whatever it is called) as my primary bootloader. (manythanks to an artical on "aboutdebian" (sorry, I forget the url))
However, this version did not support my e1000 on board lan from intel.
Google to the rescue (either on my laptop or my wifes PC so I can browse and configure at the same time)
Find an ISO with a backported kernel and support for my chip.
Can't get X to work.
A little more reading of google, and I d/l Sarge as opposed to woody, using the installer I actually manage to install and get KDE running (after a couple of attempts)
But now I have screwed up XFree86 somehow. So here is the plan...
Please note that this plan incorporates some steps not taken in any of the other attempts.
1. Find and download the required .debs. I don't want to have to wait 4 hours everytime I want to reinstall X and KDE.
Q1. Where can I download these debs from. I only want the minimal X (pref 4.3 or higher) to run KDE. I do want the whole KDE (3.2.x) suite, but I don't want GNOME, OpenOffice or MOzilla atm. For now this is to be a pure DebianKDE machine.
2. Install Debian sarge from the netinstall disk using "linux26" to get the 2.6 kernel
3. Edit sources to include non-US, non-free and contrib then Update the kernel to the -i686 flavour
4. Reboot and install the nvidia drivers
5. Install and configure bare-bones X
6. Install and configure KDE
NB: I screwed up XFree86 by attempting to sort out my dual displays usng vesa/vga/nv drivers and a second card. I now realise that to get a proper twinview I need nvidias drivers.
For those that haven't guessed, my username here is derivd from my first opinions.
I chose Debian/KDE thanks to knoppix, but want a true Debian core.
We will move on to sound and fonts once I have my desktop back