I have successfully installed Debian Etch on my MacBook, dual booting with OSX, with most features working properly.
I have several questions, of course, since I am new to this whole Linux thing, the chief one being: Is there any way to right-click?! I was able to do without right clicking for five days - most programs only use it as a convenience - but now I find I absolutely need it, for one of the main applications I wanted to use in Debian.
So what I would like to do is make it so I can hold down some key (the apple key, probably) to get right-clicks. Is there a way?
1. In command-line mode (pressing ctrl-alt-fn-F1), the display is fuzzy. I like using the command line full screen and would prefer it to be crisp and beautiful. Any ideas?
For the same reason, I would appreciate instructions on starting up with the shell and going into X & Gnome only when I say so.
2. When I sit inthe shell very long, the following appears:
hda: cdrom_pc_intr: The drive appears confused (ireason = 0x01). Trying to recover by ending request.
over and over and over...
3. When I use synaptic to update my packages, I get problems.
E: openbsd-inetd: subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1
E: netbase: dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
E: exim4-base: dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
E: exim4-daemon-light: dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
E: exim4: dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
E: sun-java5-doc: subprocess post-installation script killed by signal (Interrupt)
E: cupsys-bsd: dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
4. My wifi behaves very strangely. I followed the Debian macbook wiki to get it working; but at first it seemed not to work at all. Then I tried switching to wifi from ethernet (an ethernet cable plugged into my wireless router). This consistantly works. As long as I connect via ethernet, and actually download something via that connection, I can switch to wifi successfully.
This is quite inconvenient for me. I assume it is caused by the inetd problem.
5. A friend who uses Etch advised me not to use the update manager which appears next to the clock, because it had uninstalled packages without notifying him first. Thus I use Synaptic, or dselect, or aptitude, to do my updates. Is this a valid fear, and/or a reasonable solution?