> On Fri, 2012-02-24 at 20:52 -0900, kristen wrote:
> I thought I might mention that today I fixed my graphics problem. Not
> that 'I' fixed it, I only found how to fix it.
> My graphics card is an ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (Mac Edition) and requires a
> kernel loaded firmware. It seems that such firmware is provided by a
> repository which is 'non-free'. It also appears that my default Debian
> install does not include such a repository. After hours of reading web
> pages via a search I found where Debian keeps it's repository info and I
> was able to add this repository in. After using this thing called
> 'aptitude' I was able to install the firmware. A reboot later as a new
> kernel was installed all appears well.
You might want to read the social contract  (and the Debian Free
Software Guidelines) to learn about why that is not in the default
Debian install and resides in non-free. Note that you can also find
non-official images that do include the non-free firmware .
> I guess I have much to learn about Debian. Especially your package
> management system. And whatever aptitude is (a package manager I know).
There are a couple of choices for the package manager. synaptic is the
one with a graphical interface. aptitude and apt-get are comparable to
yum, but for Debian packages. dpkg is in the same way comparable to rpm.
aptitude is usually preferred to apt-get as for most things it's more
> I think this is going to be a long road for me.. *sigh*
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