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For the nvidia driver, I've always just enabled the non-free repos and downloaded with apt. I know a lot of people seem to prefer getting the driver straight from the vendor, but I've never had an issue so I've never looked into it.
Creating a local repo with Debian is also pretty quick and simple. Copy all your packages into a folder and run dpkg-scanpackages. (Unless you don't have a regular internet connection, I still don't see why you'd need all 5 DVDs?)
I agree sometimes Debian can go a little over the top in their pursuit of purely free software - witness the binary blob debacle recently. But I really wouldn't have it any other way. I think there needs to be large group out there that maintains the ideals. As for Firefox, they were allowed to use the name for a while, but it was mozilla that pulled that right because Debian was doing their own security patching. This would have come up regardless of the debate over the logo licensing. Says wikipedia:
The immediate problem caused by the new policy was Debian's inability to use the official Firefox logo due to its proprietary license failing to comply with the Debian Free Software Guidelines. Additionally, as Debian releases are frozen on a long-term basis, software in the frozen stable releases needs to be patched for any newly-discovered security issue. Under the revised guidelines, in order to use the Firefox name, approval from the Mozilla Corporation would have been required for all security patches, but the Debian project could not put its security in the hands of an external corporation in that manner.
I will try to install it again but on virtual-box. Sincerely, I got bored with Mandriva (it's simply perfect working) but I've expected less troubles at configuration.
I have 64Studio, and UbuntuStudio they are great. Probably I'd use Ubuntu once again if they fixed the cups and printing system.
For the repo: the last time I did dpkg-scanpackage, I had to build a directory structure, to place packages inside, to run the command and to add repo manually as a new line in /etc/apt/sources.list (or in synaptic). Has it changed?
I also missed Firefox and Thunderbird. I didn't find them at all (but Iceweasel and -dove).
There's no doubt that debian is by design not built to just install and go with a fully functional desktop system. Ubuntu and Debian do many things very similarly, so if you're looking for a full fledged desktop out of the box, it probably is the better choice.
You do still need to add the local repo to your sources.list by hand, I think. I've never really done much with custom repos, and, again, I don't use debian based systems anymore, so I'm not sure. To my understanding, you don't absolutely need to build the directory structure, depending on what sort of repo you're looking to make. If you're trying to stick all the DVDs on your harddrive and have a local repo with those, then yeah, you probably do need to do that. (Or you can just use the DVDs as your repo, rather than copy them to your harddrive.)
Iceweasel and Icedove are functionally the same as Firefox/Thunderbird. The code is identical, outside of a few patches.
Debian even failed to get installed on VIrtualBox. After the setup I got "BUG:cannot handle kernel" message.
That's all of it.