Debian Etch – Post Install Thoughts

by Amit


I finally got Debian “Etch” (32-bit) installed on my box . I did a “standard” install with only the “workstation” and “file servers” selected. The “standard” installation finished in less than 20 minutes.

However the standard install did not fulfill my needs for features like:

  • Bluetooth support
  • A mp3 player, a video player
  • Latex Editor
  • GCC
  • Python 2.5
  • Squid

So I fired up “Synaptic Package Manager” and searched for packages to support my above needs. And with the install DVD Disc – 1 in my DVD-RW drive I found that all the packages i needed were there in the DVD itself. I did not have to download a single KB from the remote repositories. I found this extremely handy as I have a snail slow internet connection :)

The packages I installed offering me the above features:

  • Bluez and related utilities
  • Amarok, VLC
  • kile
  • gcc
  • Python 2.5
  • squid

Also there are 2 Additional DVD(s) with a wide variety of software. Debian “Etch” comes with the GNU version of the Mozilla Firefox browser – Iceweasel.The interface is the same as Firefox, so I did not take much time to adjust. I heard of this for the *first* time.

Before I wind up, the Debian DVDs (3) were shipped to me by http://www.opensourcedeal.com/

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