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19Apr/100

A Minimal Debian Stable System

I've recently configured the system I use as a media pc. It's very light-weight, yet so far suits my needs perfectly. I don't use the pc as a dvr (I don't have cable), so it's not a complicated setup. Here's the basics:

  • Window manager: ratpoison
  • Video playback: mplayer
  • Audio playback: mpd
  • Browser: Firefox 3.6.3
  • Remote control: ssh, synergy, samba
  • BitTorrent client: rtorrent

The basic installation is Debian Lenny (Currently Debian Stable) from the netinst CD, with no software packages selected (no Desktop Environment, no Standard System, etc). The basic installation is described here.

I'm in the habit of keeping track of what packages I install on a new system, as well as a few other basic configuration tasks. Here's my install.log for this system:

Sat Apr 17 16:17:02 EDT 2010 ntfs-3g
Sat Apr 17 16:20:07 EDT 2010 less
Sat Apr 17 16:25:18 EDT 2010 xorg
Sat Apr 17 16:25:23 EDT 2010 ratpoison
Sat Apr 17 16:26:22 EDT 2010 unclutter
Sat Apr 17 16:26:26 EDT 2010 numlockx
Sat Apr 17 16:34:04 EDT 2010 iceweasel
Sat Apr 17 16:58:32 EDT 2010 sudo
Sat Apr 17 17:00:32 EDT 2010 samba
Sat Apr 17 17:12:12 EDT 2010 ssh
Sat Apr 17 17:20:43 EDT 2010 screen
Sat Apr 17 17:25:26 EDT 2010 mplayer
::sources.list:: added deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org lenny main non-free
Sat Apr 17 17:27:54 EDT 2010 debian-multimedia-keyring
Sat Apr 17 17:28:34 EDT 2010 w32codecs
::sources.list:: erase deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org lenny main non-free
::sources.list:: didn't upgrade any packages, including mplayer
::sources.list:: added deb http://www.backports.org/debian lenny-backports main contrib non-free
Sat Apr 17 17:35:38 EDT 2010 debian-backports-keyring
Sat Apr 17 17:41:48 EDT 2010 flashplugin-nonfree
Sat Apr 17 17:51:01 EDT 2010 mc
Sat Apr 17 17:51:18 EDT 2010 synergy
Sat Apr 17 17:52:37 EDT 2010 cmatrix
Sat Apr 17 17:53:22 EDT 2010 rtorrent
Sat Apr 17 17:54:59 EDT 2010 alsa
::alsamixer:: mute everything EXCEPT "headphon" (the one with the slider) and PCM
Sat Apr 17 18:02:48 EDT 2010 mpd
Sat Apr 17 18:03:29 EDT 2010 mpc
Sat Apr 17 18:03:32 EDT 2010 ncmpc
Sat Apr 17 20:09:21 EDT 2010 epdfview
Sat Apr 17 22:18:14 EDT 2010 bzip2
Sat Apr 17 22:40:00 EDT 2010 libdbus-glib-1-2 (for Firefox 3.6, manually installed from tarball to /usr/local/src)
Sun Apr 18 01:13:15 EDT 2010 mingetty
Sun Apr 18 01:34:20 EDT 2010 htop
Sun Apr 18 13:46:38 EDT 2010 gpm

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