So I have a new desktop computer. I installed Wheezy on it via a USB stick, and everything worked. All the hardware. Yay. I guess we take it for granted when things like sound, disks, and network cards just work these days. I remmeber fighting with distros in the past, where such things were not necessarily straightforward.
The only minor complication is the graphics card. I bought a cheap/random GeForce card for the new machine (£30):
$ lspci -nn | grep VGA 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller : NVIDIA Corporation GF119 [GeForce GT 610] [10de:104a] (rev a1)
Booting up I get a working X.org and GNOME 3.x, but the open graphics driver is "too bad" so I get fallback GNOME; with "Applications" & "Places" menus.
Installing the proprietry driver gave me a full GNOME 3.x experience. But I didn't like it so for the moment I'm running:
- GNOME fallback mode.
- Open (nvidia) drivers only.
The plan was to install awesome, or similar, but I'm just a creature of habit and I'm still cloning git/mercurial repos and selectively restoring backups.
My old desktop has been given to my partner to replace the EeeeeePC she's been using for the past year.
I'll fettle over the weekend until I'm back up and running properly; but for the moment I'm good. All my videos/music are ported across. I can print, and I have access to the repos I'm currently working on. (Mostly lumail which will have a new release over the weekend.)