Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 3rd Sep 2003 11:38 UTC, submitted by ladislav
Debian and its clones Debian is not quite like any other distro out there. If bigger is better, then Debian wins hands down. Aside from having the largest collection of free software packages, Debian also runs on 11 platforms. But there is more to Debian than just size. Travel writer and recent Debian convert Robert Storey tackles the whole installation procedure head on and gives his report.
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Re: quanta
by dpi on Thu 4th Sep 2003 12:41 UTC

You can't just do dist-upgrade from Woody to Sid to *only* get Quanta or KDE3. KDE3 depends on a lot of stuff, including QT. QT depends on a lot of stuff, including Glibc. And those QT, Glibc, and a lot more other libraries and programs (or one can call 'em 'packages') versions don't match either. So it _has_ to install all those software even if you don't want to.

Woody comes with KDE2. In order to run KDE3 on Woody edit /etc/apt/sources.list and add:
deb stable main
then do
apt-get update
then do
apt-get dist-upgrade
Note that you're not running anything official for Woody. These are 3rd party packages. Although i gotta add that i've been running these for ages, and they've been stable and usable for a while now.

but kbear is still pretty crappy -> in which way? Have you tried an alternative? Try gftp, for example.
quanta won't install -> it does here (Woody with the 3rd party KDE3 repositry in sources.list)
k3b doesn't run properly. -> in which way? Have you tried gcombust for example? cdrtoaster? You don't *have* to use KDE software on KDE. You can also use other software which wasn't meant as component of KDE.
going back to testing didn't help -> That's like, logical. Upgrading is no problem. Downgrading is. Thus, think before you Upgrade.
and starting off in stable wasn't great either. Stable runs k3b fine, but leaves me with Mozilla 1.2 -> if you want the newest of the newest software in Debian there are a few possibilities: run Sarge or Sid *or* compile yourself some stuff in Woody *or* use 3rd party packages *or* try another distro.
Mozilla -> Konqueror, Firebird, Mozilla
Ultraedit -> Try kwrite.
CuteFTP -> Gftp, IglooFTP, or learn CLI and try ncftp which has a nice frontend.
Roxio -> Never heard of.

For other 3rd party apt repositries besides the KDE3 one, see