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

Updated: Dec 02, 2009

continued…

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 http://ftp.iitm.ac.in/debian/ lenny contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.iitm.ac.in/debian/ lenny contrib non-free

deb http://security.debian.org/ lenny/updates contrib non-free
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ lenny/updates contrib non-free

deb http://volatile.debian.org/debian-volatile lenny/volatile contrib non-free
deb-src http://volatile.debian.org/debian-volatile lenny/volatile contrib non-free
$

and

$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/multimedia.sources.list
deb http://mirror.optus.net/debian-multimedia/ stable main
deb-src http://mirror.optus.net/debian-multimedia/ stable main
$

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

$ wget http://www.debian-multimedia.org/pool/main/d/debian-multimedia-keyring/debian-multimedia-keyring_2008.10.16_all.deb
$ 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.