Switching from Fedora to Debian

Fedora is good, and gets updated every 6 months, but sometimes I think it is too fast for me. In every new version, they will change some daemon that breaks a lot of things that I have painfully set up in the previous version. After thinking about it, I try to use Debian. After few weeks using it, I already felt comfortable with it. I am also happy because I found a nearby Debian mirror in Thailand (http://www.debianclub.org) which is very fast to access from my home. Here are some things that you may need to know about debian:

Network configuration is at /etc/network/interfaces
Some useful apt-get commands are:
apt-get install packagename
apt-get remove packagename
apt-get clean (otherwise you will use a large disk space for package cache)

some useful dpkg commands:
dpkg -l to list all installed packages
dpkg -L packagename to list files in that package
dpkg -S /path/to/file to check to which package that file belongs

Another useful command is update-alternatives to update alternatives for a program (use this after installing java, etc)

I found a link about someone asking for Debian tips (he is a FreeBSD guy), and the answers he gets is quite good, I think the answers are applicable to anyone switching from another Unix or another Linux distro to debian): http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/234.

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