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Old 05-25-2005, 08:18 PM   #1
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What "configuration" files do I need to keep to switch to a different distro?

I have decided that Ubuntu 4.10 is not for me.

I am very much a newbie ( ) to Linux, but I am dissatisfied at the lack of included libraries and compilers as well as the fact that GNOME is just too slow on my computer. I did not anticipate that.

Thus, I am probably going to switch to either Vector or Libranet.

The thing is, though, to my knowledge, neither of those distributions is that big on auto-detecting, like Ubuntu and Mandriva are.

Ubuntu has correctly auto-detected my printer, my monitor, my sound card, and my video card (which is an old integrated POS anyway).

So, what configuration files do I need to keep to faciliate easy distro transferring?

And, would you recommend Vector or Libranet for a PIII / 733 / 128?

I did partition my hard disk to /, /home/, /usr/, and /tmp.
Old 05-25-2005, 11:01 PM   #2
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Probably back up the entire /etc directory, but do not just dump the backup onto your new system. Different distros have different ways of doing configurations, and one distro's config files may not work with another. You should switch distros, see what stops working, and refer to your backed up config files to give you hints about what changed need to be made. This is obviously more work, but it also is much less error prone.

Oh, and since Ubuntu is basically just a refactoring of Debian testing, there is plenty of software as close as your nearest APT repository. Did you read the support page on configuring APT and installing software with it?
Old 05-26-2005, 02:40 AM   #3
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I have used Libranet and Vector, and Vector reminds very much of Slackware, in that it relies on the user's knowledge for a lot of the setup.
Libranet is actually very friendly for a beginner, and the HW detection is all right.
However, if you are using Ubuntu with Apt/Synaptic, as btmiller comments, a lot of software is at your fingertips.
You could just grab the libs and a light window manager. It will run like clockwork.


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