Installing Debian on a ThinkPad T20

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Debian 4.0 "etch"

Personal Experiences

Many things from Installing_Ubuntu_on_a_ThinkPad_T20 can be useful with Debian(4.0 - "etch"). Thats because [X|K|Edu|Flux|U]buntu are all based on Debian.

X and window managers

To get X working on your T20 you should maybe edit the xorg.conf (which can be found in /etc/X11/xorg.conf , needs root rights!): Here are some parts that I have changed:

Section "Device"
        Identifier      "Generic Video Card"
        Driver          "savage"
        BusID           "PCI:1:0:0"

Fluxbox works great and "out of the box" with # apt-get install fluxbox. With that command it is normaly set as default window manager and you can start it with $ startx. I got no configured Menu for Fluxbox, but $ man fluxbox provides useful information for that.

Wireless Networking

The following Sites can help you with the installation and configuration of your PCMCIA WLAN Card:

Hint: (refers to "etc/network/interfaces")

If you are to compile your own ndiswrapper modul you should use # module-assistant, because I had some troubles with the compilation by hand. Make sure the windows driver you are going to use is the right one. That saves a lot of time.

Debian 2.2 "potato"

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