Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Jun 2007 19:05 UTC
Debian and its clones FreeSoftwareMagazine takes a look at Debian as a desktop system, and they conclude: "I feel that Debian Etch is as good on the desktop as it is on the server. It has a long rich history, a strong community, is amazingly stable and is a great fit for both my servers and my laptop. I urge everyone to give it a go on the desktop."
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no multimedia though:-)
by djangoxl on Tue 5th Jun 2007 19:25 UTC
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Debian rocks, but I didn't manage to get the multimedia part working on it on my amd64 system. So skype, java, playing mp3, wmv and other files are not possible for me.

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RE: no multimedia though:-)
by Crono on Tue 5th Jun 2007 19:36 in reply to "no multimedia though:-)"
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Can't you just install the 32-bit packages of the programs to watch videos and listen to music?

Also, doesn't ffmpeg work on 64-bit systems? (I really don't know)

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RE[2]: no multimedia though:-)
by fsckit on Tue 5th Jun 2007 19:51 in reply to "RE: no multimedia though:-)"
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Technically yes, realistically probably not. Last I checked dpkg/apt was not capable of handling 32bit and 64bit packages on the same system like rpm systems do.

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RE: no multimedia though:-)
by Boldie on Tue 5th Jun 2007 20:04 in reply to "no multimedia though:-)"
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No problems! oh well:
Add and to the sources list. If you would like Opera, Flash or Acrobat you have to (?) chroot it. Don't get scared! I manage to do it and I only got a year as a Linux noob.

I must say I like Debian. I've tried, and liked, Kanotix, Suse and Kubuntu but Debian Sid is the most stable dist so far!!

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RE: no multimedia though:-)
by Punktyras on Tue 5th Jun 2007 20:08 in reply to "no multimedia though:-)"
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Strange though...
Same position here - Debian 4 x86_64.
Most problems where solved with
dpkg -i --force-architecture some32bitprog.deb
Shame on Skype and Opera for not makeing 64 bit versions of their othervise wonderfull programs (esp. Opera).
I was astonished when I've tried to play wmv, or mov, or mpg or mp3 or DVD files - no problems at all. And no sound problems, which annoyed me.
Debian rocks. I love this game... i.e. distro ;)

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It is not just a Debian problem: it is an issue with most operating systems (except maybe for OS X, but we must wait for Leopard before we can really be sure. Also SUSE has one of the most mature 64 bit versions).
So I solve the problem the easy way: I install the 32 bit version.

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RE: no multimedia though:-)
by leech on Wed 6th Jun 2007 14:25 in reply to "no multimedia though:-)"
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I had been running AMD64 Debian Sid for quite awhile (I'm currently giving Fedora 7 a run for it's money, for some things I like it better (seems to have more games, etc packaged, especially xu4 (love Ultima 4)) and I had no problems getting all multimedia stuff working within a short period of time.

nspluginwrapper is what you need for flash, works flawlessly. Java web plugin works with the gcj version (though it's now quite as full-featured as Sun's so your mileage may vary). Skype you just need to --force-architecture. Also, I just snagged the ffmpeg from and it supports wmv, wma, etc. I still don't have support for those under Fedora either (for some reason the one package of win32codecs I tried to install in it, wouldn't compile the package, and kept giving me an error. Not too familiar with rpms though, except the fact that usually they're slow and the db would get corrupted, but Fedora 7 so far has fixed the first issue.)

I really love Debian though. I think really the only thing so far that is keeping me playing with Fedora for more than a day or two is it seems to have some more packages made for it (as previously stated) Though I think I'll start working around getting some rpms converted to .debs ;)

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