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Re: [PLUG] Debian-SAMBA Suggestions

If Gnome and KDE are to much for your computer why not give Xubuntu a try.  It's Ubuntu with Xfce as the desktop environment. 

Marty Skitch

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Subject: Re: [PLUG] Debian-SAMBA Suggestions
From: Morgan Jones <>
Date: Fri, February 01, 2008 12:51 am
To: Philadelphia Linux User's Group Discussion List

Chad and Chris are right. I have been using Linux as my primary desktop
for nearly 10 years and I wouldn't run Debian as my desktop. Ubuntu
really is that good.

It's also not dumbed down, it's a competent Linux distro under the hood
that you can learn on and experiment with whenever you like. But you'll
be able to configure the network when you get burned out from learning
the underlying configuration.


Chad Vogelsong wrote:
> Bill Diehl wrote:
>> Dear PLUG Members:
>> Thank you all for your replies and suggestions. I really appreciate
>> your responsiveness and willingness to help. I will pursue the
>> resources that you all have provided. Perhaps when I can
>> conclude something more specific I will be better able to ask better
>> questions.
>> Because I learned that Debian was underlying popular Linux
>> distros, like Ubantu and Linspire, I decided to just go with the core
>> distro. Having run both Ubantu and Linspire from their CDs, I also
>> did not want the overhead of the desktops that they have (ran really
>> slowly on my Athlon 1.2GHz Thunderbird).
>> I have been able to configure Debian-Etch with IceWM to eliminate
>> the need for a desktop and have it fully functional as a stand-alone
>> system. The primary obstacle to running Etch daily has been the
>> lack of a functioning network. Because it has been several months
>> since I worked with Etch, I've forgotten most of what I had learned
>> while setting everything up - the networking frustration just burned
>> me out. My goal was to set up a lean Debian configuration and I
>> seemed to be doing pretty well for a newbie until I hit the SAMBA
>> wall.
>> Hopefully the resources that you all provided will inspire me to go
>> back at it again. I know SAMBA is running and the configuration
>> files were set as best as I could determine from the documentation
>> but just did not know how to configure it any differently to make it
>> work. I will see what I can learn from what you all provided. It must
>> be possible to get SAMBA to work with Etch (unless there is a bug
>> in Etch as some have suggested on other forums).
>> Thanks again,
>> --Bill Diehl
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> I hope you did not just try to run them off the CD to test their speed.
> Running them off the CD is like running them on a 66 MHz PC. The CD's
> are just meant so that you can see what they offer. I run a full Ubuntu
> / GNOME desktop on a Pentium III, 700 MHz with 196 MB RAM and it is
> quite fast. Application load times for Firefox & OpenOffice are under 4
> seconds.
> If you are really concerned about not loading down your system, but want
> the ease of use of Ubuntu, try running Xubuntu (
> instead. It uses the lightweight XFce desktop environment and should
> run quite well on your system, as long as you have 64 MB RAM or more.
> I think you will find the *buntu family much easier to use than Debian
> and will not cause you a brain drain when trying to set them up. Yes,
> Debian is all great and powerful. It is a father to many other distros,
> but Ubuntu improves upon Debians power by offering exceptional ease of
> use. For simplicity's sake and for your health, please try it.
> Chad
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