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Ok. I've used Debian for quite some time -- although I started with Slackware years back -- and it's been awhile since I attempted anything without a package manager!
I grabbed a copy of Slackware Disc 1 and installed a basic, console-only Slackware.
First snag...WiFi. I live in a busy neighbourhood full of students eager to grab "free" internet off a WEP-encrypted wireless router, so WPA is a must. Well, /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf didn't seem very happy to play...
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.
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.
# 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
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.
Everybody has a different idea of how to get connected. More and more people only look for automagic network connections or fancy GUIs to accomplish their bidding, but that's not me. So, in the interests of old hardware and always knowing exactly where I'm getting a connection, here's my methodology.
This involves modifying /etc/network/interfaces and the use of some simple bash scripting. Pertinent info on the networking process can be found in the Debian Reference Manual, chapter...