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Testing Lenny
Aug. 14, 2008

The new "Lenny" release of Debian expected in September includes a pre-configured KDE environment. In this hands-on review, DesktopLinux Founder Rick Lehrbaum sets up the "beta 2" preview release of "Lenny KDE," and explains in detail how to configure it for use as an Internet workstation.

Lehrbaum starts by downloading a CD image from Debian's nightly builds collection. Using an older ThinkPad laptop based on a Pentium III processor, he installs the standard KDE desktop collection. Next, he installs additional software and plugins to optimize the environment for his requirements.

Debian Lenny with KDE -- "beta 2" screenshots
(Source: DeviceGuru. Click for originals)

Lehrbaum mostly likes the beta release, with a few quibbles. He writes, "My main complaint is its inclusion of way too many of KDE's rich set of applications, such as games, tools, etc." To fix that, he plans to do a network install later, installing only a select subset of KDE components.

The full article includes lots of helpful hints about configuring and tuning Debian-based systems. Highlights include hacking alsa to get Skype working, and tweaks to the dial-up, WiFi, and printer driver configurations. Lehrbaum previously wrote the well-tempered Debian desktop, a guide to the earlier "Etch" release of Debian.

-- Henry Kingman

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