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    Moving from Ubuntu to Debian: advice and tips

    After a solid year of using Ubuntu, I'm seriously considering a move to Debian. The reasons are mainly Debian's stability, alleged increase in speed, and much-touted customisability, not to mention the educational experience of using a more foundational distro.

    I'd like some advice from those who have been-there-done-that:

    What is the difference between Ubuntu and Debian with regard to installing native NVidia drivers (I've read the Debian wiki, but it's a bit over my head)?

    How does Debian treat native multmedia codecs differently from Ubuntu?

    Does Debian Etch/Lenny have issues with JMicron RAID controllers (I had massive problems with this and Ubuntu Edgy)?

    How stable is Debian Lenny compared with Ubuntu stable releases? What about compared with Debian Etch? Is it more difficult to use?

    What are other pitfalls to watch out for?

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    Re: Moving from Ubuntu to Debian: advice and tips

    Quote Originally Posted by samjh View Post
    After a solid year of using Ubuntu, I'm seriously considering a move to Debian. The reasons are mainly Debian's stability, alleged increase in speed, and much-touted customisability, not to mention the educational experience of using a more foundational distro.

    I'd like some advice from those who have been-there-done-that:

    What is the difference between Ubuntu and Debian with regard to installing native NVidia drivers (I've read the Debian wiki, but it's a bit over my head)?

    How does Debian treat native multmedia codecs differently from Ubuntu?

    Does Debian Etch/Lenny have issues with JMicron RAID controllers (I had massive problems with this and Ubuntu Edgy)?

    How stable is Debian Lenny compared with Ubuntu stable releases? What about compared with Debian Etch? Is it more difficult to use?

    What are other pitfalls to watch out for?
    debian nvidia= not as easy, i just use the stock nv
    codecs= dead simple, you just add the repo and install what ever you want.
    raid= never used it, sorry
    stabilty= very stable, you can run a etch/lenny system if you don't trust yourself. i'm running a etch/lenny/sid install, you just got read and understand updates.

    pitfalls= i can't really think of any, moving to debian was the best move i made. also i don't do regular installs, i start with a base install and build up from there, installing only what i want.
    wait just thought of 1, watch out for the 2.6.22 kernels, they don't work for everyone. i use the 2.6.18.5 which works perfectly for me.

    my sources.list
    Code:
    deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org sid main
    deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ lenny main non-free contrib 
    deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ sid main non-free contrib 
    deb http://security.debian.org/ etch/updates main contrib non-free 
    deb http://security.debian.org/ lenny/updates main contrib non-free
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    Re: Moving from Ubuntu to Debian: advice and tips

    see one of my sites:
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    Re: Moving from Ubuntu to Debian: advice and tips

    I moved from Ubuntu to Debian awhile ago (after trying feisty) and I think it's great. The nearest I've ever seen to the perfect OS.

    Your results may vary though.

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    Re: Moving from Ubuntu to Debian: advice and tips

    I'm having problems with the Etch installer. I've posted on the Debian help forums for advice. If anyone here has advice to give, I'd be glad to take them.

    See here: http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?t=21248

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    Re: Moving from Ubuntu to Debian: advice and tips

    Debian is faster. And I´ve never had any problems using the binary installer from NVIDIA.

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    Re: Moving from Ubuntu to Debian: advice and tips

    Quote Originally Posted by ispmarin View Post
    Debian is faster. And I´ve never had any problems using the binary installer from NVIDIA.
    Agreed, just make sure you have your kernel headers installed.

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    Re: Moving from Ubuntu to Debian: advice and tips

    I used buntu for about 30 days and moved to Debian. I also tried Gentoo... and personally Gentoo was much more of a learning experience... but I didn't think it was worth actually running.

    Debian is the distro for me; for now.

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    Re: Moving from Ubuntu to Debian: advice and tips

    With Gentoo, you tend to learn Gentoo's customised Linux, rather than Linux in general.

    I'm still pondering how to get around the freezing problem after the installer retrieves packages. I just tried a Debian install in VirtualBox and it ran perfectly. Perhaps the problem is with my hardware? Hard to say.

    I'm going to download the xfce iso and try installing Debian again as soon as I have time.

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    Re: Moving from Ubuntu to Debian: advice and tips

    Quote Originally Posted by samjh View Post
    With Gentoo, you tend to learn Gentoo's customised Linux, rather than Linux in general.

    I'm still pondering how to get around the freezing problem after the installer retrieves packages. I just tried a Debian install in VirtualBox and it ran perfectly. Perhaps the problem is with my hardware? Hard to say.

    I'm going to download the xfce iso and try installing Debian again as soon as I have time.
    When it says retrieving packages, it is retrieving them from the cd. Reburn the cd at a slower speed.
    Acer Aspire 3680, Intel Celeron M, 1.41 GB RAM
    Feel free to message me if you have any questions.

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