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Old 02-14-2006, 05:39 PM   #1
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Debian or Ubuntu


Greetings,

Just started using Ubuntu and think it's great. Installed debian a couple of years ago when I was a total noob and had issues with my hardware so opted for RH. So, is there any drop off between Ubuntu and Debian.

I know that Ubuntu is built from Debian but is the Ubuntu project moving faster than the Debian project. (I know the Debian project moves quite slow.)
 
Old 02-14-2006, 05:48 PM   #2
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Its not that the debian project moves slow, is just that the Debian team does extensive testing on the packages, to ensure that they give no problem, so if you use the Debian Unstable version, you will get up-to-date packages, while the Stable or Testing version uses some quite old packages.
I would go for Debian because of its configuration easyness.
 
Old 02-14-2006, 05:58 PM   #3
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Ok, now I have to know. What do you mean about the ability to configure Debian in an easier manner when compared to other distros.
 
Old 02-14-2006, 06:53 PM   #4
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Configuration easyness? He he. Depending on your hardware and linux know how debian can be a pain to configure. If you already have ubuntu installed, just throw all those working config files on a CD in case you get stuck trying to install debian. Maybe the stable branch has outdated stuff, but who cares as long as everything just works, apt takes care of all the dirty work for you, and you've got over 15 thousand packages to choose from. If you really want the new stuff use testing or unstable. IMHO unstable is a misnomer, it should be called "not quite as stable".
 
Old 02-14-2006, 07:23 PM   #5
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So your saying that Debain is still a pain to configure. Is configuring your video card still a pain.

I believe the command was X86something. Then you had to configure the parameters of your card. Such as video ram and other features. Well this was before drviers were really written for linux.

Is configuring your mouse and sound card still a pain?

The reason that I'm asking references that my hardware might not be the lastest and greatest. AMD 2100+, 512 RAM, build in sound card on an MSI board, and an old Gforce 4 card but there is a preference that configuring my hardware should not be a pain.

(I personally do not see upgrading my hardware anytime soon considering that linux runs just fine on it. Well Fedora ran like a dog but I expected that considering that it's just beta code anyways.)

Ubuntu runs great on my system to be honest. I cannot believe how fast it's actually run on my system compare to the Fedora code.

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Old 02-14-2006, 08:12 PM   #6
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The only major advantage of switching to debian is the much larger choice of packages (like KDE). You can add a debian repo to ubuntu, but I've found that it can be tricky to manage. If your happy with ubuntu, there's no real reason to switch.

The most likely stumbling block is setting up your xserver (XF86 or Xorg). You need the right driver for your card and the correct settings for your monitor. If you backup the xserver config file (in /etc/X11), it should be easy. And if you run into problems, the debian forum is awesome.
 
Old 02-14-2006, 08:17 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by brianthegreat
So your saying that Debain is still a pain to configure.
Since I'm using Debian I've configured only my GF4

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Originally Posted by brianthegreat
Is configuring your video card still a pain.
I believe the command was X86something. Then you had to configure the parameters of your card. Such as video ram and other features. Well this was before drviers were really written for linux.
That's right. Now you just download the nvidia.run, and add nvidia to /etc/modules

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The reason that I'm asking references that my hardware might not be the lastest and greatest. AMD 2100+, 512 RAM, build in sound card on an MSI board, and an old Gforce 4 card but there is a preference that configuring my hardware should not be a pain.
I have a celeron 2.5GHz 512 ram build in sound card and a GF4. It's not the latest, but it's the greatest (for me )

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Ubuntu runs great on my system to be honest. I cannot believe how fast it's actually run on my system compare to the Fedora code.
Fedora seems slow to me too. Also Suse. I don't know why. Go with Debian.

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