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Old 12-25-2006, 06:03 PM   #1
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Picking a Debian Distribution...


I have a computer with the following specs and I'm wondering what distro I should install to have a 64 bit system and SATA support. Should I install the Debian Etch (testing) or Sarge distro and should I use the amd64 or i386 release (I would like to use a 64 bit system...) and is the i386 64? (I'm thinking not...)

I have installed Debian Etch for amd64, however, I ran into problems after using apt-get upgrade where my kernel (2.6.17-2) was changed, I suspect, as after reboot, it came up with a kernel panic that prevented the mounting of my system. I looked around the net for a solution to this, but came up short of a definite answer.

These are the specs of my system:

Asus M2N32 WS Pro
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-core processor
GeForce 7300LE
4x DDR2 800 512MB RAM

I have searched on the net on if I'll be able to run i386, or rather intel distros, with this processor, but can't seem to find a definite answer.

Thanks for all the help!
Old 12-25-2006, 06:20 PM   #2
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You can use both 32- and 64-bit systems. The 64-bit won't have as many apps ported to 64-bit, so you will be running some 64- and some 32-bit.

The last time I tried Debian, it installed a regular kernel. To be able to use both cores of the dual-core CPU, you will need an SMP kernel, which you will have to download and compile.

On the other hand, Knoppix, Kanotix, and *ubuntu provide SMP kernels from the liveCD, so there is less work to do to take advantage of the dual-core CPU.

Hardware detection and setup in all three is great IMHO.
Old 12-25-2006, 06:39 PM   #3
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Actually, all Debian kernels are -smp aware ... They have no special kernels for -smp. The current kernel in Etch is 2.6.18
Old 12-25-2006, 08:47 PM   #4
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Well having been a kanotix user for sometime, I've recently started using "the new boy in town" - Sidux.

Since the parting of the ways of the two main developers of kanotix (something about changing repositories - you'd find it on google) You can either get the minimal debian install CD and then run a netinstall for Sidux or, you can install the kanotix 2006-01 and then, using h2's script just run the dist upgrade - obviously answering y when asked about changing to Sidux.

Sidux is based on Debian Sid and I'm lead to believe that it's easier to install than pure debian - I can't confirm or deny whether it is indeed easier to install or not as I've never installed "proper Debian Sid".

I'm v happy with it, the assistance/guidance is very good (at the Sidux forums).

I believe that they are still trying to finish the "preps" for a full ISO. Erm I think it's been available for about 4 to 5 weeks.

The choice is of course, yours.


Old 12-25-2006, 10:31 PM   #5
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Thanks to everyone for all the advice! Definitely helped in knowing which direction I'm gonna go!


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