After almost 2 years using Slackware I always curious with Debian and yesterday I try install it on my computer (using Debian Etch RC2 weekly build) and I choose to use AMD64 version since I own a 64bit processor.
First installation almost get me shock because default installation fail but I try to see another boot parameter option and then I try to use this option --- > installgui acpi=off hw-detect/start_pcmcia=false tasks="kde-desktop, standart" ---> installgui, yes I want to try The GUI installer from etch; acpi=off, I have do this since without this option The installation always hang without any error messeges (I still dont understand with this); hw-detect/start_pcmcia=false, I dont have any pcmcia things so why I have to use it :) ; tasks="kde-desktop, standart", I use this because I like to use KDE rather than GNOME (eventhought GNOME is great and nice too)
then the process is working very nice and smooth everything is very easy and stable. After about 20 minutes (so, yes it a fast installation) installation finish.
And then first booting and it's just works and fast :)
On The DESKTOP
Booting process is average it took about 35 second and then I come to the KDE first wizard and after choosing everything what I need then I get into the KDE desktop....ok it just a "No Bling-Bling" like other "Distro" but this not a problem for me since I usually use Slackware which has no "bling-bling" things too.
So if like to ask about what the different Slackware KDE and Debian KDE I just can say Debian is very stable, big salute and congratulation for Debian Developer Team. They have give me a great stable distro and very reliable. Also the "plus" points is Debian has everything that I need (I take the DVD installation set) so it very helping me since I dont have an unlimited internet connection (just 1Gb/month, really sucks).
Not forget, I try also installing NVIDIA (using 64bit instllaer driver) and it just works too, damn I love this distro :)
Ooo, another great news for Debian Etch AMD64 version that the "Flash" and "win32codecs" things it all working flawlessly, and I dont have do that using "chroot" step things, so this Debian etch AMD64 just going to make great impressions to me
All the package on the DVD set is almost up to date and some is really up to date so yes this Debian version is the most up to date version.
Debian etch give me another experience and it really impress me. For Desktop user, Workstation or even a Server, Debian etch really a solid Operating system, it fast, reliable and stable.
So I Thing I will stick to Debian for a long time..... :)
Selamat dan sukses untuk Debian