Sunday, February 13, 2011

Debian is back...

Updated Nvidia installation howto on May, 22nd 2012

...on my computer!
What is (in my opinion) the greatest of all operating systems is back: Debian 6.0 aka "squeeze" was released last weekend. Of course as always with new Debian releases - compared to other recently released Linux distributions - the software which comes with squeeze is rather "old", i.e.: Linux kernel 2.6.32, Gnome 2.30, KDE 4.5, OpenOffice 2.3. That's the price you have to pay for a very stable operating system. For the first time the default installation media has no "non-free" software on board. This might be tricky for those who depend on non-free firmware to get W-LAN running! (In this case see the Debian documentation here.)

I really love Debian and in fact prefer it over Ubuntu. Though I tend to run the latter as it comes with more recent software. ;-) But now I couldn't resist and as I was just recovering from a nasty flu I had some spare time... I was running squeeze (with KDE as desktop) on my old Acer laptop for quite a while before it's stable release and it worked pretty good. I was a bit worried though if all hardware of my new Samsung R780 laptop would work with squeeze - but hey: what the heck, let's try!