Howto switch from Ubuntu to Debian - My Experience - Part II

Updated: Apr 22, 2023


Once I get the base system installed, I tried to hang around pure commandline for sometime, I installed the following package to hang around,

$ su -c 'apt-get install elinks'

Before going into aptitude for the final phase of my installation, I configured contrib nonfree and multimedia repos by creating two more files in /etc/apt/sources.list.d directory as below,

$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nonfree.sources.list
deb lenny contrib non-free
deb-src lenny contrib non-free

deb lenny/updates contrib non-free
deb-src lenny/updates contrib non-free

deb lenny/volatile contrib non-free
deb-src lenny/volatile contrib non-free


$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/multimedia.sources.list
deb stable main
deb-src stable main

To use multimedia repo, we also need to install the gpg-key package using the following command,

$ wget
$ su -c 'dpkg -i debian-multimedia-keyring_2008.10.16_all.deb'

Debian multimedia website provides more details, check this link

At the end, I started aptitude and installed all my must needed packages(Xfce,built-essential, gcc, vim-full, nvidia-glx, flash-10, mplayer, ffmpeg, w64codecs etc).

I don’t want to run any services in my laptop, so I disabled all the default services in lenny(like exim4, avahi, gdm etc.,). The base system run with just ~34MB, Once I startx, it goes to ~140MB, If I start icewesel, it goes to ~314MB. I never thought I can run a full fledged system with this kind of less memory. No pause on Boot(just taking 10-12 sec to print login prompt)

Now, I’m really happy. I never expected the switch is this much smooth. Thanks to Debian.