Debian Sid

It has been a while since I have switched Linux distributions, so
today I installed Debian Sid. I have over 21GB of data in my home
directory and don’t have a good way to back that up, so I installed
Sid on top of Fedora Core 1. This was not the standard run of the mill
install and created some problems I wouldn’t have had if I was able to
format the drive and start from scratch. After figuring out the way
the new Debian installer named disks I was able to move the old fedora
root partition information into a safe backup directory. Then I
allowed the installer to do its thing. I had to abort the default
options a couple of times, mainly to manually update the
apt/sources.list to install Sid instead of Sarge, and to install grub
instead of lilo. So far I’m digging the apt-get way of installing
packages, and the fact that almost everything I have ever wanted to
install is available as a Debian package including XGalaga.

I went with Sid over Potato, or Sarge because the others don’t don’t
have new enough packages for my taste. I thought about installing
Gentoo again, but I couldn’t bring myself to sit through the
compilation process again. My machine isn’s fast enough to wait
through an entire Gnome build.