Re: Installing Linux "more or less from scratch"
From: Anthony Irwin (anthony_i_at_toolbox_software.com.au)
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 12:24:24 -0700
Carlos Moreno wrote:
> But there was no networking, no audio, no X-Windows (and thus,
> no gnome or KDE). All this happened on a machine where RedHat
> 7.3 and later would install and be fully functional (networking,
> audio, and graphical interface) without me having to know
> anything at all (I do have a clue, but even if I didn't have
> one, RedHat would still have installed and recognized all the
But this is what make Debian so good. If you want a print server or a
fileserver or a web server why bulk it out with X and all the other
stuff that won't be used.
If you want X it's a simple matter of typing apt-get install
x-window-system (might be slightly diffent thats of the top of my head).
It will then download and install everything and run you throught the
configuration (sarge and sid anyway).
You then install the window manager you want in my case apt-get install
icewm or apt-get install wmaker
Debian gives you control but you must learn more to be able to use that
> So, I look at that experience and figure what surprises are
> awaiting if I try to install everything myself -- I can not
> even begin to imagine how to get the networking configured,
> and then set up OpenSSL and OpenSSH...
apt-get install ssh
apt-get install openssl
> Or should I leave all the whining and take a RedHat system
> and start rpm --erase'ing everything and then take it from
if you want a sourced based distro then look for some to try like crux,
gentoo, lfs etc.
use message boards, and ventor mailing lists to get the help you desire.
Google is also your friend.