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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Running Away From Debian

I had one week, four days Debian experience and I must say it was interesting and a pain.

I got bored with Ubuntu because it wasn't fun anymore nothing really breaks for me to fix, so I decided to switch to a different distribution, Gentoo and Debian came into mind but I chose Debian because it was easy for me to get ( a friend had already started downloading it ) than Gentoo that I have to start afresh.

After installation of Debian, the fun started, my wireless card wasn't detected, sound card nope :-( , ugly looking font, boring theme then I had the feel, I had really switched to a different distro.

I began to solve the issues one after the other, I started with the sound issue, few googling got me the way now sound card was detected but still I can't play any audio files but I can hear the system sounds so I felt I'm some how through.
I went on again to hunt for solution for my inability to play audio files, then one of my google hits hinted me about user groups, then it clicked me to check if my account belongs to the sound group. Upon checking I realized my account doesn't belong to that group, so I added my account to the group and boom, I solved the sound issue.

The next issue was the boring theme, I went to gnome-looks to get some few themes, I got one that I was happy with.Tango-green and Tango icons, now my system was appealing to the eyes.

The next issue( ugly looking font ) made me say bye bye to Debian because it was rendering me unproductive . The time I have to work, I will be fixing problems. The font issue really screwed up everything, it made me loose GDM. The more I try to solve it the more the problem increases, so I decided to switch back to my old friend because I was really unproductive and I had loads of work on me.

I must say I had fun but I wasn't patience enough I would have stayed with it. Debian is great, it has huge repository of packages. Voluminous of documentations.
I will visit it again after I have off load most of my heavy work. Now I'm back on boring Ubuntu.