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Last Review by jcoleman - posted: 12-26-2010 12:56 AM [ Post a Review

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Asus MB - A7NVM400 , AMD Athlon XP 2800+, 1 GB Ram, nForce2 Ethernet Controller, RV350 AP [Radeon 9600], gnome, LMDE 32 bit Recognized all the hardware, no problem. Starts quickly for the age of the machine and shuts down very quickly. Multimedia all worked - movies, Youtube, etc Plan on using the 64 bit edition on a new build after the 1st of the year. Also running in VirtualBox on an Acer 3102 laptop, AMD Sempron 3200+, 2 GB Ram, Linux Mint 9. Takes a little while to load but once loaded it runs well; if running full screen I sometimes forget I'm in VirtualBox. Problems, which have been minor, were easily fixed from help on the forums and a little terminal work.

Rating: 9
Product Details: "201009 "Debian"" by wsteward - posted: 09-07-2010 - Rating: ********* 8.50

Last Review by jcoleman - posted: 04-13-2010 12:15 PM [ Post a Review

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First I hope this observation (review) ends up in the correct place under Debian, Testing, Squeeze. Second, this installation is running in VirtualBox as a test. Third, I'm not a heavy user whatever that is; currently I basically surf the net, use OpenOffice, and a windows program running in Wine. Why Debian testing? - After looking at DistroWatch and comparing packages with Lenny and unstable sid it seemed like a decent compromise and simple curiosity. Currently Mint 7 is installed on the wife's desktop, an older Asus AMD motherboard, and Mint 8 on my Acer 3100 laptop (AMD Sempron 3200+ and ATI Radeon Xpress 1100). Both have been fine but prefer Mint 7 over 8; can't put my finger on it but just do. Mint, basically based on Ubuntu with improvements (my opinion), which is based on Debian; but after ready some reviews not sure where they are headed so to speak. What if Ubuntu 10.4 / Mint 9 just doesn't do it for me? So why not just use Debian I ask? I installed using the "netinst" disk which went fine but took a while to load using either the "check for updates" during install or installing the updates later. We're talking a couple of hours all together and I'm on a 1.5 Mbps DSL line. I also tried using just the first two CD ISO's which did not work for me; I couldn't get past the stage of loading applications and it never asked for the second CD. One thing that did throw me a little was using the default "trunk-686" kernel at loading which didn't want to play nice with the VirtualBox Guest Additions. The "2.6.32-3-686" kernel works fine. On a previous install I did remove the "trunk-686" kernel and updated the grub menu, but it wanted to hang after that trying to load the "2.6.32-3-686" kernel. On this install I've left it alone for now. So far Squeeze has worked fine in VirtualBox for my needs; Web surfing, OpenOffice, Wine (using their latest repository), networking, remote printing, KDE games (wife plays), etc. Updates have been painless and haven't broken anything yet. What can I say; it's been pretty uneventful. I wish I had a machine just to test things without using VirtualBox. Once Mint 9 comes out I will probably load it on the Desktop and re-install Debian Squeeze on the lappie for real and see how they compare. In the meantime if something comes up on the current install I'll update. If you like a Debian base, want the latest software, use a computer to get your work done, so far, Squeeze seems to be a reasonable choice. "Still Learning"

Rating: 8
Product Details: "Squeeze" by jcoleman - posted: 04-09-2010 - Rating: ******** 8.00


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