non-standard, track “testing”/”sid” with aptitude
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ourea2aptitude: a non-standard rolling distribution tracking Debian “testing” plus ”sid” with regular full-upgrade using aptitude interactive or command line. Began 22-09-2008.
*The sidux developers do not condone, recommend nor support the use of aptitude* (nor testing).

1.Prepare for installation:
a)Get the sidux-kde-full DVD iso, ca. 2 GB,
b)Verify md5sum of ISO
c)Burn DAO/SAO at slowest speed possible for the media used.
d)Backup YOUR data, and at least these:
/var/cache/apt/archives, /home/<user>, /boot & /etc
e)Select your lang and keyb (with kde-full)
f)Read the manual, (fromiso, installation, etc.)
g)Partition with GPartEd from the liveCD. Partition suggestion: (see #6)
/ [10-15%], swap[2%], /opt[10-15%] & /data[±70%]

2.After installing from DVD, CD or ISO, boot the new hard disk installation, as root, do the following:
a)add testing and testing/updates sources, for completeness and stability,
into /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian.list:
deb testing main contrib non-free
deb testing/updates main contrib non-free
deb sid main contrib non-free
b)modify /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sidux.list to contain these changes:
deb sid main contrib non-free fix.main fix.contrib fix.non-free
c)Decide which “distro” to preferentially track, "unstable" or “testing”: create /etc/apt/apt.conf with these lines:
APT::Default-Release "testing";
Aptitude::Recommends-Important "false";
Aptitude::Suggests-Important "false";
d)execute the following: # apt-get update && apt-get install aptitude
# aptitude update

3.Get smxi (great for after-installation configuration, regular maintenance, kernel installs):
a) # cd /usr/local/bin && wget && unzip \ && smxi
b)Exit smxi at the first exit opportunity, in /etc/smxi.conf, add the line:
a)If “testing”, rename /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/80sidux <-> x80sidux or just leave it alone and see what happens. So far, nothing noticable.
c)Re-start smxi: # ./usr/local/bin/smxi
continue with full-upgrade
in Advanced-Kernel-Options > Select from list of Archived Kernels
(pick a late model sidux kernel) and re-install video driver, etc.
d)Edit /boot/grub/menu.lst to select the default boot kernel, if necessary.
e)Add multimedia support
(look for extras script, or use debian multimedia)

4.Install essential apps, my examples:
# aptitude install aspell aspell-en aspell-es conky i2e iamerican ispanish ispell kdiff3 krename libdvdcss2 moc myspell-en myspell-es rdiff‑backup w32codecs wordtrans‑dict ...and whatever else for the way you work.
Configure krusader, desktop, panel, background, /data partition to fstab, etc.

5.My Choices:
a)Install apps with aptitude in interactive or command line mode
b)full-upgrade with aptitude or smxi on Friday afternoon. Reboot.
c)In case of problems or hung apps, run # aptitude -f install
d)do kernel installs with smxi
e)If in doubt, don't do it, wait and see.
f)Read all on-screen messages very carefully, before accepting.

6.Partition suggestions:
a)Move your email store to /opt for safe-keeping in case of reinstall.
b)Use /opt as shared partition with VirtualBox. Create /opt/share for win stuff.
c)Leave /home in /; create a separate data store.
d)Use external device(s) for backup.

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