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Old 03-09-2004, 10:42 AM   #1
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Knoppix/Kanotix: 1st Steps After HD Install

Did a Kanotix HD install yesterday, went perfectly.
I choose Kanotix as it gave 3d Accel with my Radeon 8500, for some reason Knoppix did not.

Anyhow, I'm now wondering what the 1st steps are after an HD install.

1) Load software package lists by opening a console :
apt-get update

2) Install some favorite programs:
apt-get tuxracer

3) ???

4) ???

Can anyone suggest other things to do. I read about apt-get upgrade and dist-upgrade but not sure if I should run those commands.

Be nice to move to KDE 3.2, not sure how, or if it's a good idea.

Also what about a firewall settings, Zone alarm type programs.

Old 03-09-2004, 09:33 PM   #2
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"KANOTIX is a Linux live CD based on Knoppix technology using Debian/sid. The included XFree86 is from Debian/experimental. The main specs are: GRUB based startup from CD, ACPI support, DMA default on, additional support for DSL modems (Fritz!Card DSL and Eagle USB), optimal for HD install (you get a working Debian/sid install in about 10 minutes!), kernel forcedeth (for nForce NIC), device mapper and some other patches."

So, you got Sid and the latest packages.

#apt-get update
#apt-get upgrade

#apt-get install <whatever you like>

go to and in Documentation, read the APT HOWTO, very important!
Also check the list of packages for Sid in the same site.
sounds like a great distro.

Old 03-09-2004, 11:34 PM   #3
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1. dselect update then apt-get install localepurge apt-listbugs apt-listchanges

When installing the localepurge select only the locales you want keep on the system (I generally have the en and all en_US) and say yes to eliminating the man pages. Once done that open the file /etc/locale.gen and delete all the lines that you did not keep to prevent them from being regenerated.

2. dpkg -l | grep xserver-*

Delete all but xserver-common and xserver-xfree86.

3. dpkg -l | grep kde-i18n*

Delete all unless you need some language other than English then keep what you need.

4. Go to Kano's script page and run at least the remove-servers script.

5. dpkg --get-selections > selections.txt then favorite_editor selections.txt

Examine the file and check out what the packages do with apt-cache show package if you think you are not going to need it then apt-get -s remove package if it looks like it is going to remove half the system then do not remove the -s from the command for the simulation and keep the package. Slowly get rid of all the excess packages that you will never use and can cause problems when upgrading and make your life simpler. That is a few quickies off the top of my head.

Edit: Left out a couple of things Guarddog and Firestarter are two firewalls you can get with apt-get install and KDE 3.2.1 that is now in unstable should be installable but you may want to get a little experience with apt first in case you run into problems.

Last edited by HappyTux; 03-09-2004 at 11:41 PM.
Old 03-10-2004, 10:46 AM   #4
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Good tips, HappyTux, thanks!


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